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Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Search for Recycling Champions of the Year


A competition to encourage more people to reduce, reuse and recycle is offering families the chance to win a year’s free membership to any of Cheshire East Council’s leisure centres.   

Cheshire East Council is committed to reducing the amount of waste that is destined for the black bin and the competition is designed to find the ‘Recycling Champions of the Year’. There will also be six runner-up prizes to see the Magic of Beatrix Potter at Tatton Park.

Councillor Rod Menlove, Cabinet member in charge of the environment, said: “We’d like to hear from ‘green’ families across the borough, doing their bit for Cheshire East.

“We want to hear the best and brightest ideas about how to recycle leftover food so that it doesn’t end up in the bin. Around one third of black bin waste is food.

“We’d also like to hear about novel ways to recycle and reuse your household waste and, hopefully, change people’s thinking to a ‘mend and make do’ mentality.

“All the great ideas will be passed on to the public through our publicity campaign and they will hopefully inspire other people to try different ways to recycle and cut down on all the unnecessary waste.”

The competition has been promoted during a series of roadshows recently that have been encouraging residents to share their tips and ideas on recycling and reducing waste, as well as practical ways to deal with changes to waste collections over the Christmas period (see below).

· The winners of the competition, including the runners-up, will be announced in January.

· To take part email: outlining in no more than 150 words why you should be considered as the ‘Recycling Champions of the Year’.

· Include your name, address and telephone number.

·  The deadline is January 18, 2013.

· For more information log on to: or call 0300 123 5011.

A reminder about festive collections:

· If your normal residual bin collection is Tuesday, December 25, it will now be Thursday, December 27; Normal residual bin collection - Wednesday, December 26 (now Friday, December 28). Normal residual bin collection - Tuesday, January 1 (now Wednesday, January 2)

· If your normal recycling bin collection is Tuesday, December 25, it will now be Saturday, December 29. Normal recycling bin collection – Wednesday, December 26 (now Monday, December 31); Normal recycling collection date – Tuesday, January 1 (now Thursday, January 3). 

Christmas tree recycling:

  • Place it in your garden waste bin - cut up larger trees so that the lid still closes otherwise this cannot be collected.
  • At your household waste recycling centre (vehicle permit may be required).
  • East Cheshire Hospice may collect in postcodes SK9 - SK12 or WA16 for a donation (

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