Cheshire East Council (CEC) commissioned a Household Waste Recycling Centre review, which sought to examine its provision against best practice and against the Council’s Municipal Waste Management Strategy objectives. CEC commissioned Resource Futures to carry out this review to determine how the current service could be improved, in terms of economy, efficiency and effectiveness. This involved a spatial analysis of the nine sites to identify if there are an appropriate number of sites and if they are in the most appropriate locations.
The project also involved modelling the financial savings associated with a variety of operational and policy changes that officers could use as a basis for consultation with Members and the public.
Resource Futures delivered a balanced and informative report on time and on budget and responded quickly to mid review additions. Thank you for a quality report.Andrew Dunstone Waste Contracts Manager MCIWM
Our objective was to:
Figure 1: 5 mile radii from the current HWRCs
In 2014, Cheshire East Council (CEC) published a Municipal Waste Management Strategy, identifying how they plan to manage waste up to 2030. Our work sought to examine the HWRC service against best practice and the CEC Municipal Waste Management Strategy objectives.
Following an inception meeting with CEC officers to finetune the methodology, the team input all residential postcode data and HWRC locations into a bespoke GIS model to identify the travel distance and drive time for each household to each HWRC. Maps were produced to illustrate the overlap and gaps in provision within the area.
The financial savings of full and partial site closure, reduced opening hours, charging for DIY type waste, charging to accept trade waste, adding re-use activity and resident permits were all modelled for each site, and for different network configurations.
Taking account of the spatial analysis and the financial savings associated with the operational changes above, scenarios were identified that involved various combinations of operational and policy changes to produce the desired financial savings.
The impact on the recycling rate and tonnage throughput for each site was also modelled. This changed depending on the scenario and therefore consideration was given to whether the HWRCs could accommodate additional tonnage and site visitors.
We examined the service provision against best practice and CEC strategy objectives. Provision of HWRCs is a statutory duty but there is no mandatory minimum provision. The review identified a potential over provision of sites with options for a phased closure and reconstruction of sites in central and northern Cheshire East. It also suggested that CEC could consider a more commercial approach to operating, potentially opening key sites for trade waste or charging for some items such as rubble. In addition, there is a need to focus efforts on reuse of waste in addition to recycling with the potential opening of reuse shops on key sites in partnership with the charitable sector.