Environmental Hub

Information about the proposed environmental hub

Environmental hub site plan

Works are currently progressing well on the construction phase of the project.

The refuse waste transfer building has been erected and the odour control system has been installed.

Works are continuing to the interior of the office building following completion of the exterior works. The final drainage runs are underway and the doors and pits have been installed in the vehicle workshop. 

What’s next?

Over the next few weeks work will continue on the interior of the office building and the second waste transfer building. Highways works will also commence on Cledford Lane to create a new layby as well as the entrances / exits to the site.

 • For further information please refer to the FAQ’s (PDF, 225KB)

Remediation works will continue throughout the construction phase and will be subject to regular monitoring. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency have also been kept fully informed of all works on site. Site investigation reports that formed part of the planning documentation can be found using the following links:

For further information on the organisations that have responsibility for monitoring the site, please see the below links:

What is it?

The new depot, which will be located on the disused Ideal Standards site in Middlewich, will be the Borough’s main recycling centre. It will also provide a new headquarters for Ansa Environmental Services; the Council’s operating company for recycling and streetscape services. It will be a multi-use site offering a wide range of services including street cleaning, grounds and parks maintenance, transport and fleet maintenance.

The existing household recycling centre on Pyms Lane will remain open.

Why move?

The facility at Pyms Lane will no longer enable the council to achieve its longer term waste strategy. The site, on Cledford Road, was identified as the best location after an extensive search throughout the Borough.

The new depot will also enable the Council to increase its recycling and will cut landfill use to a minimum, creating environmental and economic benefits for residents in Cheshire East. The move will not only preserve existing jobs, it is estimated that it will enable the relocation of up to 400 new jobs in Middlewich and reduce long-term costs.

The Pyms Lane site is to be sold to Bentley Motors to help to secure economic benefit of circa £40m of investment and to create 300 new jobs in Crewe and the associated supply chain.

What will be there and what will they do?

The new depot will provide the following services along with updated facilities which will be significantly more efficient than the current ones.

Waste Service 

The waste service is responsible for collecting household waste from approximately 165,000 households every week and during a typical year they will collect:

• 70,000 tonnes of residual waste

• 40,000 tonnes of garden waste and a further

• 40,000 tonnes of recyclables from the kerbside.

In addition:

• Just under 8,500 tonnes of residual waste (such as household rubbish not able to be recycled, re-used or composted)

• over 30,000 tonnes of recyclables and;

• about 6,700 tonnes of garden waste which is collected each year from the network of household waste recycling centres.

• Added up, this is more than 11 times the weight of The Shard in London!

• The borough’s recycling rate is in the top 13% of all local authorities across the UK.

Street Cleansing

This area is responsible for a range of services including street sweeping and litter collecting. The operation covers 2,722 kilometres of roads through manual and mechanical means, manages 186,000m3 of litter, and empties 2,400 litter bins plus 900 dog bins.

Parks and Grounds Maintenance

This team maintain 3,000 sites including 16 formal parks, 85 sports pitches, and over 230 sports and play facilities. They also maintain over 7 million trees across Cheshire East and deal with graffiti, fly-tipping and the removal of hazardous waste. They also offer operational support to Bereavement Services during busy periods and maintain 11 closed churchyards.

Fleet Management Service

 This serves all council fleet and plant needs and has over 700 different vehicles, plant and equipment to maintain. It provides and maintains 64 refuse collection vehicles for the waste service which is its biggest single customer by far.