Managing Merseyside and Halton’s Waste Resources



MRWA works in partnership with private sector suppliers to deliver efficient waste management services to the residents of Merseyside. Our major service areas and private sector partners are:


Veolia were awarded a twenty-year Waste Management and Recycling Contract with a value of £640 million by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) on behalf of the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership in 2009. Veolia treat the waste and recycling from around 600,000 homes across Merseyside and Halton through the management and operation of the following facilities.

  • Waste and recycling is delivered to the Materials Recovery Facilities and Waste Transfer Stations from homes across Merseyside and Halton through council-led kerbside collections. Veolia also operate 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres across Merseyside which are available for all residents to deposit and recycle their household waste.
  • Along with providing the facilities needed to handle the district’s waste, Veolia are also committed to providing waste education and to helping residents minimise the amount of waste they produce.
  • With educational visits and community engagement projects at designed Recycling Discovery Centres to minimise specific waste streams, Veolia is leading Merseyside and Halton into a cleaner, greener future. Veolia Merseyside and Halton is proud to have achieved ISO14001, ISO9001 and ISO18001.

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MERL was appointed on a 30 year contract in 2014 by MRWA to divert household waste from landfill, save council taxpayers’ money and benefit the environment and local economy by generating energy from waste. The contract worth £1.8 billion (over the life of the contract) is being delivered by a consortium consisting of three companies: SUEZ recycling and recovery UK, Sembcorp Utilities UK and I-Environment Investments Ltd. SUEZ is the operator of the Wilton Energy from Waste facility, in Teesside and of the Rail transfer Loading Station in Kirkby, Merseyside.

  • To avoid truck movements and the associated pollution and carbon emissions, SUEZ developed a rail transfer loading station in Knowsley, Merseyside. From here the residual waste is transported by train to the Wilton Energy from Waste facility.
  • The state-of-the-art power plant began operations in December 2016. It is capable of generating up to 50 megawatts of electricity – sufficient to power more than 63,000 homes.
  • The steam produced can also be exported (instead of being used to generate electricity) at three different pressures to industrial users on the Wilton International Industrial Estate.
  • The Wilton Energy from Waste facility makes a major contribution to the power needs of local manufacturing. About half of the steam generated is used by the businesses on the industrial estate. Providing energy as steam rather than electricity is more efficient, which means that more energy from the waste is used productively. This energy is supplied to wider Wilton site operator, Sembcorp, for distribution to meet local demand on any given day.
  • The rest of the steam is used in a turbine to generate electricity, which can be distributed to businesses on the industrial estate or fed into the National Grid.

The household waste diverted from landfill is being put to good use – powering the local economy and avoiding more than 127,000 tonnes of carbon emissions each year, compared with landfilling. This steam and electric power is a valuable resource as well as a sustainable energy substitute for fossil fuel.

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