Archive – Gillmoss Recycling Park

UPDATE – MRWA was successful in its planning application for this site.

We are proposing to develop our site at Gillmoss on Stonebridge Lane into a new Recycling Park.

You can download a full consultation booklet here (PDF 920KB)

You can dowload a feedback consultation booklet here (PDF 2KB)

Planning Application

A full plannning application has been submitted to Liverpool City Council (December 2008). All of the sections of the Planning Application can be found below.  All documents are PDF format.

Planning Statement

Environmental Appraisal

Consultation Results

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority has undertaken a detailed public consultation and enagement exervise witha  wide ramhe of local communities and stakeholders.  A copy of the Statement of Community Involvement can be found below:

Statement of Community Involvement – Gillmoss Recycling Park (PDF document)


What do you want to do?

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority is aiming to develop the Gillmoss site into a model of good practice for recycling. The proposed new Recycling Park will include:

A new Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) – this new facility will sort dry recyclable materials (card, paper, glass, cans and plastic bottles) collected from households into separate streams ready for further recycling. See more about our MRF in Wirral.

A Visitor and Education Centre – this will be an integrated part of the new Materials Recovery Facility and will promote environmental education and sustainability within the community.

Why do you want to build it?

We must change the way our waste is managed. Last year we produced 849,105 tonnes of municipal waste of which about a quarter was recycled, leaving the rest to be landfilled. This is the equivalent to the weight of 170,000 adult Indian elephants.

We can’t keep depending on landfill – costs are increasing and space is running out. We must meet new targets to reduce landfill or Merseyside could face fines or charges of millions of pounds in future years.

At Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority we have been working with the six local councils (Halton Borough Council, Knowsley Borough Council, Liverpool City Council, St Helens Council, Sefton Borough Council and Wirral Borough Council), to look at new approaches and build new facilities to help raise recycling rates and divert waste from landfill.

Where would it be?

Gillmoss is located off Stonebridge Lane and is accessed from the nearby M57 and A580. The site covers an area of 8.8 hectares (or 22 acres) and already has facilities to manage waste produced locally. MWDA has operated the existing facilities since 1988. The site currently accommodates a Waste Transfer Station (used to transfer waste collected on local rounds onto bigger vehicles for onward disposal to landfill sites). It accepts household waste collected by councils across Merseyside – including a large proportion from the Liverpool City Council area.

The Gillmoss site is highlited by the red box below. Click on the image to see a larger version.

What would it look like?

MWDA has been working closely with its contractor Mersey Waste Holdings Ltd and Liverpool City Council and their partner organisation 20:20 Liverpool to design the most flexible and effective layout for the site as well as incorporating best practice in relation to traffic management and accessibility.

Click on the image below to see a larger version.

Would it mean more noise and traffic?

Waste collection vehicles already visit Gillmoss to deliver household waste to the site and move waste to landfill sites in the North West. If planning permission is granted for the proposed facilities, this will increase by approximately 53 waste vehicles spread throughout the day. Deliveries to the proposed new facility will only take place during the day, as currently happens with the existing Waste Transfer Station. A full Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) is currently being undertaken which will give final traffic figures and vehicle numbers. This will also outline any measures which will be put in place to protect the local area.

What about hygiene?

The new facility will only accept dry recyclable materials and these will be delivered by enclosed vehicles into a reception hall. These will then be fed into machinery to be sorted. These recyclable materials are not ‘black bin waste’ and have a very low odour level. The facility will be designed to ensure that the low amounts of dust and odour produced are managed. The building will be self contained and insulated to minimise noise generated by the facility. Deliveries to the site will be in accordance with the Environmental Permit needed to run the facility.

Project timetable

Before we submit a Planning Application for the new facility at Gillmoss we want to hear from you. Over the coming weeks Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) will be informing residents and interested parties on the proposals.

We will register all your comments and suggestions and, as part of the Planning Application, submit a Public Engagement Report which will inform the Council of how we let stakeholders and the community know of our plans. Following this and after the Planning Application has been submitted, you will be able to comment on the proposals directly to Liverpool City Council who will undertake their own formal consultation.

Public Engagement Days

We will be hosting some information days where local people can find out more about what is proposed at the Gillmoss site. The engagement days will take place on:

Monday 15th September 2008

Tuesday 16th September 2008

The Communiversity Building, Altcross Road (next to Croxteth Library), Liverpool L11 0BS. This venue has parking and disabled access.


Call us
Call our community information line on FREEPHONE 0800 170 1501

Write to us
You can write to us at: Freepost RRYE-BCGS-XYAX, Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, 6th Floor, North House, 17 North John Street, Liverpool, L2 5QY

Email us
You can email your views, comments and questions to us at: Please mark your subject GILLMOSS.