Recycle Week

Thousands of people learning to Recycle Right in Liverpool City Region

Friday, September 27, 2019

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority have today (Friday 27th September) published their Annual Report 2019 and it shows how thousands of residents are being educated on the ins and outs of recycling.

Last year, over 18,000 people, schools, charities and community groups were all engaged through the Authority’s Waste Education Programme.

Around two thirds of these engagements took place at the Recycling Discovery Centre at Gillmoss in Liverpool. Here visitors can see how recycling and waste management happens on a day to day basis through the on-site Materials Recovery Facility which sorts the majority of kerbside household recycling in the Liverpool City Region.

MRWA and Veolia have been delivering education using the Recycle Right brand. Recycle Right was launched in 2018 to help tackle issues around incorrect recycling – namely bagged waste and unwanted materials being put into recycling bins. A website ( was launched, alongside new social media platforms, a leaflet for householders and ongoing messages through local television, radio, newspaper and outdoor poster advertising.

The new Annual Report looks at what the Authority has been up to over the past 12 months and looks forward to future plans for recycling and waste management in the Liverpool City Region. Other key data includes:

– 18,371 people were engaged through the Waste Engagement Programme.
– Merseyside and Halton’s recycling rate stands at 37.79%.
– Waste continues to increase with the amount of waste produced per household going from 624kg in 2017/18 to 633kg in 2018/19.
– The region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres have achieved a recycling rate of 70%.

To download the Annual Report please visit

For information about visiting a Recycling Discovery Centre see


Notes for editors

MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.

Recycle Week 2019 (taking place from 23rd to 29th September) is the annual celebration of recycling, delivered nationally by Recycle Now. It is now in its 15th year. The week is being used by Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) to highlight what options people have when it comes to recycling and managing their household waste.

Members of the media for more information please contact:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444