Our increasing consumption of natural resources is leading to more and more waste being produced. The amount of waste produced by Cheshire households alone in 2003/04 was over 443,747 tonnes. The amount of waste produced by households is increasing by 5% every year, equivalent to 21,150 tonnes. Currently, 75% of household waste is sent to landfill.
UK Government household waste recycling targets have now been set for all local authorities. In Cheshire, we recycled 26.5% of household waste in 2004/5 and 31% in 2005/6. There are 16 household waste recycling centres in Cheshire which recycle glass, paper, oil, plastic, clothing, batteries, cans, card and green waste. Household waste is composed of around one third green waste (garden and kitchen waste) and one third paper and card. Both of these fractions are biodegradable and so could be composted at home.
Cheshire County Council, in partnership with the six District Councils, has been working to produce a Joint Household Waste Management Strategy to reduce, reuse and recycle Cheshire’s waste. To ensure this, a number of actions are proposed, including the provision of kerbside recycling schemes to households; home and community composting; waste awareness campaigns and improved facilities at our household waste recycling centres.
To support the UK Government Sustainable Development Strategy there is a suite of 68 national sustainable development indicators.
For information on national indicators, visit the governments sustainable development website
In an effort to put the UK’s progress in sustainable development into an international context, and to highlight worldwide trends and challenges, a set of international data has been compiled to complement the 68 national indicators of sustainable development.
For more information on international indicators visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Regional indicators for the Northwest
For each Government Office region a fact sheet has been produced.
The fact sheets include pie charts that summarise the progress in indicators within the priority areas of (a) sustainable consumption and production and natural resources, and (b) sustainable communities.
For more information on regional information visit visit the governments sustainable development website
Landfill Tax (WREN)
Under the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme (LTCS), Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) distributes funding to a variety of projects and schemes in Cheshire including historic building preservation, community & public amenity development and land reclamation.
Cheshire’s Joint Household Waste Management Strategy
This strategy has been produced for the Cheshire Local Authorities (Cheshire County Council and the six District Councils), by consultants AEA Technology. The report examines current and possible future waste management practices and forms the basis for the management of Cheshire’s household waste in the future.
Cheshire Furniture Reuse Forum
The Forum is made up of 14 projects that work with their local authority to collect quality furniture throughout Cheshire and onate or sell it at low cost.
Waste Recycling Action Programme (WRAP)
The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) was established in 2001 as part of the UK government’s waste strategy 2000 to promote sustainable waste management. WRAP’s particular focus is creating stable and efficient markets for recycled materials and products.
A to Z of recycling in Cheshire
A directory of how you can recycle everything from artificial limbs to zips!
Real Nappies Campiagn
Growing awareness of environmental problems caused by disposables has led to increasing use of modern reusable fitted or traditional nappies.
Subsidised Compost Bins
Cheshire County Council in partnership with WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the six district councils of Cheshire are offering reduced price compost bins to Cheshire residents.