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Cheshire West and Chester promotes new household waste service for Chester

A can on wheels, a recycling wizard and bin-playing bands will descend on Chester's Town Hall Square on Saturday 21 February to promote Cheshire West and Chester Council's new waste collection service for the Chester area.

The new system, which will be rolled out across the former Chester City Council district from May, enables residents to recycle even more at the kerbside, reducing the amount of rubbish that goes to landfill. Every household covered by the scheme will receive an information pack with details about the new service, supported by a comprehensive communications campaign.

The new waste collection service consists of:

* a new blue wheeled bin for:
paper and card
plastic bottles and bags
food and drink cans
aluminium foil

* a caddy inside the blue bin for glass bottles/jars and batteries

* a green wheeled bin for garden waste

* brown wheeled bins will be used for any household waste that cannot be recycled

The February 21 promotional launch begins at 11am when shoppers and families can samba with a sensational local band and join in with lots of other activities from face-painting to freebies made from recycled materials.

Puppets Frodo Bin-Baggins and Gandalf Garbage from the Bread and Butter Theatre Company will perform Lord of the Bins while the London-based Community Scrap Band will show householders how to make their own musical instruments from nothing more than junk.

Experts will also be on hand to answer residents' questions about the new waste collection service.

Councillor Neil Ritchie, environment portfolio holder for Cheshire West and Chester Council said: "This fun-filled family event with a green theme is a great way to highlight our new waste collection service and provides the opportunity for residents to ask any questions they may have."

City council executive member for environment, Councillor Jill Houlbrook, said: "With the support and co-operation of local residents we should be able to increase substantially our recycling rate while reducing the amount of rubbish we send to landfill: two things that are good news for local council tax payers and for the environment."

Following the promotional launch a series of recycling road shows will be taking place to raise public awareness of the new scheme. Road show locations include:

Sunday 22 February
Sainsburys Boughton/Huntington
10am - 4pm

Monday 23 February
Sainsburys, Boughton/Huntington
10am - 4pm

Tuesday 24 February
Community Centre, Hawthorn Road, Lache
10.30am - 4.30pm

Wednesday 25 February
Overleigh St Mary's School, Handbridge
10.30am - 4.30pm

Saturday 28 February
Tesco, Sealand Road
10 - 4pm

Sunday 1 March
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Upton
12 - 5pm

Saturday 7 March
Kelsall Community Centre
10am - 4pm

Sunday 8 March
Farndon Memorial Hall
10am - 4pm

Monday 9 March
Malpas Jubilee Hall
1pm - 7pm

Tuesday 10 March
Barbour Institute, Tattenhall
1pm - 7pm

Wednesday 11 March
United Reform Church Hall, Hoole Road
10am - 4pm

There will also be road shows in Blacon, Kingsway and Tarvin once dates and venues can be fixed- still waiting on confirmation of dates.

For details about the new household waste system, residents can contact the customer services helpline on: 0300 123 7026.

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