Macclesfield bin collectors win national award

  Posted: 23.09.21 at 11:18 by Alexander Greensmith

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Macclesfield's waste and recycling service provider, Ansa Environmental Services, was voted ‘Best Service Team: Waste Management and Recycling Service’ at one of the UK’s leading public service awards.

The company, who are employed by Cheshire East Council, picked up the gong at the International Conference Centre in Birmingham.

The APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Awards, recognise the very best in local government frontline services across the UK.

The borough’s waste and recycling service provider, which makes more than 13 million collections a year, triumphed following one of its most challenging years to date, when it continued to collect all three of the borough’s waste streams throughout the 2020 pandemic - something many other industry providers across the country had failed to do.

Cheshire East Council’s chair of the environment and communities committee, Councillor Mick Warren, said: “Winning an award at any time is a great achievement but to do so when there are such tough challenges in the industry as there are at this time, is particularly satisfying."

The Macclesfield East councillor added: “I am also extremely grateful to our residents for their patience, understanding and support of the work our colleagues at Ansa are doing as well. Providing a year-round service during a pandemic is incredibly challenging and the public’s backing for our efforts has been really heartening.

“I congratulate all our colleagues at Ansa on this fantastic news. Everyone working at Ansa should be immensely proud of what they have achieved.”

Bin collections were missed in Macclesfield at the start of the month.

Ansa’s managing director Kevin Melling, said: “We’re incredibly proud both to have won this top award and of our waste and recycling crews, both frontline and behind the scenes. Their dedication and hard work ensured that all three of our waste streams were sustained, even during some of our darkest days of 2020.

“The APSE Awards are very much the benchmark for our industry, so for our team to be recognised for their incredible efforts at this national awards ceremony is an enormous achievement for us all.”

The news comes as multiple garden bin collections were missed in Macclesfield on September 8.

Service continues to be inconsistent this month across Cheshire Towns, with Congleton having missed bins on Wednesday.

With bin collection being today for most of Macclesfield, it is unknown if any have been missed yet.

The award comes as Macc garden bins were missed this month on London Road along with it's off-roads, and Lyme Green Park.

The shortage in lorry drivers due to Brexit and COVID has led to shortages in bin collection, food supply, and package delivery.

For more information on the Middlewich-based contractors, and what they do for our town, please click here for the Ansa Environmental Services Cheshire East webpage.

See also: Missed bin collections: HGV staff crisis and COVID to blame says Prestbury councillor.

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Independent Macclesfield East Councillor Mick Warren congratulated the contractors on their national recognition.

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