The Authority was established in 1986 following the abolition of the Merseyside County Council. The Authority’s responsibilities are that of a joint waste disposal authority, namely the management of municipal waste collected by the five constituent councils of Merseyside or delivered to one of the Authority’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

The Authority’s waste services were provided under contract by Mersey Waste Holdings Limited, a local Authority Waste Disposal Company between 1995 and 2009.

The Authority’s statutory duties in relation to waste regulation were transferred to the Environment Agency on 1st April 1996.

The Environment Agency is a central government body and was created by merging staff and functions of the National Rivers Authority, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Pollution and local Waste Regulation Authorities.

Veolia is the contractor for the Authority’s Waste Management Recycling Contract, with Merseyside Energy Recovery Ltd the contractor for the Resource Recovery Contract.