Gypsum disposal change at Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres


Friday, January 1, 2010

Seven of Merseyside’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres have introduced dedicated gypsum waste recycling points on site.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) – which provides the Recycling Centres for local residents – now requires that gypsum waste such as plaster and plasterboard has to be separated so it can be recycled.

Previously, gypsum waste was deposited along with general rubble and processed for beneficial use in land reclamation, but following a change in Landfill Regulations such waste must now be managed separately. Recent research by the Environment Agency has identified that treating gypsum with other biodegradable waste can lead to the production of odorous and toxic hydrogen sulphide gas.

The seven Recycling Centres will provide new containers and the waste will then be sent to a local processor and recycled for use in the cement industry.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “We support the move by the Environment Agency to separate out this waste for recycling and recovery and we’re happy to follow their lead. It’s important that this waste is handled properly and we prevent potentially harmful substances from being generated further down the line.”

Local householders will be able to recycle plaster and plasterboard at the following Recycling Centres only:

Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Huyton – Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton Industrial Estate – L36 6BJ
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

Such waste will not be accepted at any other Household Waste Recycling Centres.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

MWDA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities (Recycling Centres that accept gypsum waste are in bold):

Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 6JE
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Huyton – Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton Industrial Estate – L36 6BJ

Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR
Rainford – Southerns Lane – WA11 8EY
Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX

Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

Media enquiries:
John Lally
0151 255 2568
john.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk