HWRC consultation

​This consultation is now closed.


Following the feedback period, which closed on 9 September 2016, no feedback was received via the channels provided requiring alteration to the consultation results outlined above. Work is now underway to develop a public and stakeholder communication programme, this will ensure that everybody is aware of the changes prior to their introduction on 1 April 2017.

Consultation background

Since the formation of Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2009 the Waste Management Service has risen to a series of financial challenges. To date, both the Council's waste collection and treatment contracts have successfully passed through rigorous market testing and procurement processes, which will deliver core contract savings in excess of £80 million over the contract terms.

The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) service contract, which is currently provided by HW Martin Ltd, (HWM) is the last of the three major waste contracts to be subjected to scrutiny and review and to initiate this process a full 'Contract Options Appraisal Exercise' has recently been undertaken.

The current contract with HWM covers the following:

  • The operation and management of seven HWRC sites
  • The management and ownership of all waste and recycling received
  • The bulking and transportation of materials

All Household Waste Recycling Centres are open seven days a week throughout the year and only close on Christmas Day.

  • March - April (8am - 6pm)
  • May - August (8am - 8pm)
  • September - October (8am - 6pm) (for safety reasons sites will close earlier if dark)
  • November - February (8am - 4pm)

The HWRC contract is due to expire in March 2018, but is subject to a potential five year extension option. To extend on the current terms requires written notice be given two years before the expiry date.

Since 2008, HWM has demonstrated significant improvement in the amount of waste they have diverted from landfill, increasing performance from 46% diversion in 2007/08 to 76% in 2014/15.

What are we consulting on

Cheshire West and Chester needs a network of HWRCs that meet future needs and enable the Council to meet its agreed savings target. We would like your views on the future provision of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in West Cheshire.

In order to make required efficiency savings the Council has conducted a review of the HWRC service. To ensure we maintain the existing network of sites the decision was made by Cabinet to reduce the opening hours and days at the HWRCs.

HWRC network will consist of three principal sites that will be open seven days a week and four secondary sites that will open five days a week. We need your views to ensure the opening hours and days meet the needs of our residents.

Following the consultation process the Council will conduct an extensive communications campaign to ensure all residents are made aware of the changes.

How to get involved

The consultation is an opportunity for anyone interested in Cheshire West and Chester's HWRCs to help shape the future of the service.

Even if you don't currently use the site, we'd like to hear your views in case there is anything we could do to make the service more accessible to you in the future. Understanding your views, opinions and preferences is key to our decision making process.

This consultation closed on 10 June 2016.

Next steps

All consultation responses received by the closing date will be collated, analysed and used to map HWRC usage to allow an informed decision to be made on the HWRC opening hours and days.

All responses will be handled in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1988. The results of the consultation will be reported to the councils decision-making Cabinet following the end of this consultation period.

The Council will consider the views expressed in the consultation against a wide number of other factors when making decisions, including statutory requirements, government guidance, cost and risk.

The new site in Chester is scheduled to open in late 2016.

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