Archive - 2014

Cheshire Become The Civic Amenity Site Of The Year

by Valpak Limited | May 27, 2014
Valpak works closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council to encourage local residents to come to the site and drop off old electrical and electronic items for recovery and recycling. The working partnership allows Valpak to place collection equipment into the site for residents to use.

Valpak delighted that Cheshire receive top award for their Northwich Household Waste Recycling Centre and become the Civic Amenity site of the year

Valpak were delighted when Cheshire West and Chester Council won “Civic Amenity Site of the Year” at a top award ceremony in London. Northwich Household Waste Recycling Centre underwent significant site improvements to offer additional recycling options and make skips more accessible to the public. The site is extremely popular with customers, boasting a satisfaction rating of over 90%, and the centre receives regular compliments from members of the public.

Valpak works closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council to encourage local residents to come to the site and drop off old electrical and electronic items for recovery and recycling. The working partnership allows Valpak to place collection equipment into the site for residents to use. Valpak pay for the materials to be serviced on a regular basis and for all the materials to be taken away for re-use and recycling.

Sarah Pass of Valpak, who account manages the contract with Cheshire West and Chester Council, said:

“We provided support for the redevelopment of the site and offered experience and advice, which has hopefully gone a long way to helping Cheshire West and Chester Council lift this Award.”

“We are lucky to have such great partners to work with and a really great team of staff on site who work very hard to ensure that customers attending the site are safe, guided and well looked after while dropping things off. Ensuring that waste electrical and electronic items are recovered and recycled is important; however, it is also important that these items are treated correctly at end of life because if handled the right way they can be taken on by new users and given a whole new lease of life. In times when the economy is tough, the use of second hand goods has become a major support to local communities and residents who would not otherwise have access to brand new cookers, fridges and washing machines.”

Speaking about the partnership with Valpak, Cheshire West and Chester Council commented:

“The site underwent significant improvements in December 2013, which resulted in an increase from eight 40 yard to eleven 40 yard skips allowing for the introduction of hard plastics and increasing the container for small electrical appliances from a 12 to 40 yard skip. The work was funded by Valpak as part of the PCS agreement to improve the amount of electrical items collected. The volumes of waste electrical and electronic items collected at Northwich has been improved immensely this year with cooling appliances, small appliances and large appliances up by 27%, 38% and 46% respectively on 2012/13 figures. The improvements also made the skips more accessible and provided increased parking for customers. As part of the improvement a new style of sign has been trialled that allows customers to see which container they should use from any position on the site.”

“WEEE re-use is an area in which Northwich really excels. In conjunction with our third sector partner, Changing Lives in Cheshire, the staff at Northwich have segregated over 150 large electrical and cooling appliances since April. This is 29% of the total appliance reused by all Cheshire West and Chester’s HWRCs. These appliances are then distributed or sold at reduced rates to people in need in the Cheshire area. The site has also been identified as one to trial an upcoming small appliances re-use project.”

Valpak would like to congratulate Cheshire West and Chester Council, the staff that support the work on the site and the local residents for making the Northwich site a success and valuable asset to the local community. We also look forward to working with the Council to maintain this high standard of excellence.