Cheshire West and Chester council says its local authority trading organisation achieved all its key performance indicator targets in its first two months of operation.

Cheshire West Recycling (CWR) was launched on 29 March, to take over the borough’s waste and recycling services from Kier.


CWR says that since its launch it has completed almost 3 million collections, with a success rate of 99.9%.

Interim managing director Rob Edmondson said: “CWR is committed to becoming a force for good within the community.

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff have been on the frontline providing the service residents expect.

“We have also acted as community champions during these difficult times and have helped our community.”


CWR was created after Kier made a corporate decision to exit the waste collection market in late 2017.

In January 2019, the council’s cabinet agreed to the early termination of its waste services contract with Kier, choosing to establish a local authority trading organisation effective from the 29 March 2020 (see story).

Following cabinet approval, a dedicated project team was established to ensure CWR could commence operations from the point of transfer.

Business plan

CWR has established a business plan for 2020/21. It aims to deliver a seamless transfer between Kier and CWR.

It also hopes to implement business principles which allow it to operate effectively but recognise cooperative principals and social value, embed a safety culture which delivers zero harm and sets objectives for health, safety and wellbeing, and gather data to reduce the impact of carbon within service delivery.

Strong start

Councillor Karen Shore, deputy leader of Cheshire West and Chester council, said: “CWR has made a strong start during a very challenging environment. It will continue to build upon this solid foundation.

Council waste collections

During the next 10 months CWR says it will obtain external ISO accreditation for quality, safety and environment

“Over the next 10 months, CWR will obtain external accreditation on its safety standards, evidencing a shift towards a zero-harm culture.

“It will introduce employee and community representation on its board, which will ensure greater accountability and allow for sharing in collective achievements.

“It will work more efficiently to offer better solutions including greater value for its people and customers, develop a future waste strategy and new improved ways of working.

“CWR will play a key role in supporting the council’s actions in relation to the green agenda. Over the next 12 months, CWR will gather baseline data around fuel usage and driver behaviour. This strong base will allow for both financial efficiencies and a reduction in carbon emissions.”


Cheshire West and Chester had a recycling rate of 59% for the 2018/19 financial year.

CWR says it deploys more than 100 collection teams daily, completing more than 60,000 collections from operational hubs in Winsford and Ellesmere Port.

Each year, CWR will collect 53,000 tonnes of household waste, 30,000 tonnes of dry recycling, 10,000 tonnes of food waste and 33,000 tonnes of green waste.

CWR says it currently provides permanent employment for more than 300 members of staff, the vast majority of whom are frontline.