Cheshire East residents are being thanked for making a dramatic impact on the volume of green waste accumulated over the winter period during the annual suspension of garden waste collections.
Collections resumed from February 16 when 540 tonnes of green waste was collected, followed by 492 tonnes the following week and 383 tonnes in the week of March 2.
In March, 2014 after a 17-week halt to collections, over 3,000 tonnes of green waste was collected by the Council’s household collection service.
And in 2012-13 when collections were only suspended for six weeks over 1,500 tonnes of green waste was collected on the resumption of services in March 2013.
By comparison, over 5,000 tonnes of green waste was collected in the month of May last year, the busiest month of the year for gardeners and householders.
Kevin Melling, head of ANSA, the Council’s waste collection service, said: “We would like to express our thanks to Cheshire East residents for their understanding during the period of suspension and for playing their part in minimising the volume of garden waste to be collected by our teams when collections resumed.”
The Council expects to save over £1m over a four-year period by suspending winter collections of garden refuse.
A consultation exercise was carried out to find out the public’s views and suggestions for a longer suspension period of green waste collections in the winter months.