Middlewich residents will naturally be delighted to read that their efforts, and those of the rest of Cheshire East, have resulted in the amount of waste being sent to landfill plummeting. Latest figures show that the amount of waste sent to landfill in Cheshire East last year dropped by 1,000 tonnes giving the Council a saving of over £100,000.
DEFRA figures also showed that the Council has the highest recycling rate of any Unitary Authority in the North West with 49% of all household waste being recycled from November 2010 to November 2011.
Add to this the new silver bin scheme being introduced in 2012 and we could see rates in excess of 60% recycling being achieved in Middlewich by the end of 2012.
Contrast this however with the reality of living in Middlewich where there is a newly agreed landfill site on the outskirts of town, and an incinerator plant planned for the same area. It does rather beg the question, what do residents have to do to avoid having other people’s rubbish dumped on their doorstep?