Free Recycling Bag Giveaway

Local residents will soon be able to get their green fingers on free recycling bags….

Local residents will soon be able to get their green fingers on free recycling bags.

From Sunday 1st August until Tuesday 31st August, waste officers will be giving away the heavy-duty, green-waste recycling bags at Kirkby and Otterspool Household Waste Recycling Centres.

In order to claim a bag, residents will have to drop off a load of green and garden waste at either Recycling Centre, where they’ll receive a stamped voucher. If they drop off another load of green waste throughout August then they can get their voucher stamped a second time and will be entitled to the free bag which can be taken there and then.

The scheme is being organised by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and Veolia Environmental Services.

The giveaway promotion will run throughout August at Kirkby and Otterspool Recycling Centres, before moving on to Formby and Southport in September.

The scheme has already run successfully at Newton-le-Willows and West Kirby Recycling Centres during July, where around 500 bags have been given away.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “We ran a giveaway scheme a few years ago and it was very popular – in fact we shifted around 20,000 bags. And our regular compost giveaways are always enthusiastically received by the public, so we know there is an appetite for recycling habits to be rewarded.”

Bag supplies are limited so will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis and while stocks last.

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services, said: “The green bag giveaway has been successful in recent years across Merseyside – 20,000 bags distributed previously tells its own story. We look forward to supporting MWDA with the launch of the scheme in the coming weeks and also hearing the positive responses from our site users.”


Notes to editor:

Kirkby Recycling Centre – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park L33 3AR
Otterspool Recycling Centre – Jericho Lane, Aigburth L17 5AR