From 1st August 2023, if you’re bringing seating with upholstery to a Household Waste Recycling Centre then site staff will direct you to the Upholstered Domestic Seating Container.
Changes in regulation mean we have to separate items classed as Upholstered Domestic Seating that are brought to a Recycling Centre. These items contain ‘POPs’ (Persistent Organic Pollutants). Examples: sofas, armchairs and anything containing upholstery.
Domestic seating often has a flame retardant added containing POPs. To make sure the environment is protected, the Environment Agency now requires these items to be incinerated in controlled conditions.
We’re changing the way we collect and dispose of domestic seating. If you have any of the items highlighted below please place them in the Upholstered Domestic Seating container or ask a member of staff for advice.
West Kirby Recycling Centre will be open with reduced opening hours of 11am – 3pm for the duration of The Open golf championship from Sunday 16th to Sunday 23rd July. Normal opening hours will resume from Monday 24th July.
To avoid possible disruption please use Bidston, Clatterbridge or South Sefton Recycling Centres.
Local residents are being urged to stop putting batteries in their bins, as they can cause fires and pollute the environment.
Batteries can contain hazardous materials, such as mercury, lead and cadmium which, if they are not disposed of correctly, can cause fires in waste collection vehicles, household bins and at Recycling Centres. Material Focus research has identified that over 700 fires in waste trucks and sites are caused by batteries that haven’t been removed from electricals.
An advertising campaign to promote messages about safe battery disposal is currently being run by a partnership of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Veolia, the six District Councils in Liverpool City Region, and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS). Adverts are being aired on local radio, and messages being run on digital and social media in collaboration with the Recycle Your Electricals campaign.
Lesley Worswick, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Batteries are a hazard to our workers, our community and our environment. If batteries, or electricals containing batteries, end up inside bins or waste collection lorries with other materials then they are crushed in the waste and recycling process. This increases the chances that they could be punctured and self-combust, setting fire to dry and flammable waste and household recycling around them.
“We urge residents to please stop putting batteries in their waste and recycling bins, bags or boxes, and instead dispose of them safely. Remove batteries from electricals if you can and recycle the batteries and electricals separately. If you can’t remove the batteries then always recycle your electricals separately.”
There are 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres throughout the region* that accept batteries. Residents can also find dedicated drop-off locations for battery disposal at many shops and supermarkets. To find your nearest recycling point residents can use the Recycle Your Electricals postcode locator.
According to research by Material Focus**, at least 25% of the UK public admit to binning batteries and 45% of householders are unaware of the fire risk if they don’t safely dispose of batteries hidden inside electricals.
All batteries should be recycled separately, never thrown away. Where possible, batteries should be removed from electrical products before recycling. If unable to remove the battery, recycle it together with old electricals.
John O’Boyle, Group Manager at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (MFRS), said: “Lithium-Ion batteries are common in everyday devices and are very safe. However, if they are mechanically damaged, over-charged, incorrectly charged, wet, short-circuited, or faulty they can go into “thermal runaway” and give off a toxic vapour cloud/cause fire with the potential to cause serious harm.
“It is vital to dispose of batteries safely and appropriately at a designated location, such as in shops and supermarkets or at one of the 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres across the region.”
Across Merseyside there has been an increase in accidental fires attributed to these types of items and Merseyside Fire and Rescue ask you to follow the advice given by the MRWA and MFRS. Batteries are used safely by most people every day but should still be disposed of in a safe manner.
Lesley Worswick continued: “It’s easy to do the right thing. Please don’t throw them in your bin. Just take your batteries to a Recycling Centre or to a supermarket the next time you’re doing a shop. You’ll be helping to keep our community safer.”
Thirteen community groups have been awarded a share of £165,000 to help the Liverpool City Region reduce, reuse and recycle more.
The money has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2023/24 which helps to support local waste prevention, reuse and recycling initiatives.
Earlier this year the organisations had to bid for the funding which will give them the financial resources to deliver waste-reducing behavioural change projects across the region.
Programmes include a tool lending library, cookery lessons to reduce food waste, clothes repair clubs, upcycling and restoration of unwanted furniture, food growing and community composting, amongst other things.
Project applications had to tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely Food, Electricals, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis* of waste in the Liverpool City Region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be reused or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, plastic, card and metals.
Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Lesley Worswick, said: “Our Community Fund – which has been running annually since 2006 – gives groups the opportunity to look after the environment, bringing benefits to all of us. I think in this day and age people appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which might be just thrown away.
“We’re always impressed with the ideas that come in and the creativity of the region’s grassroots organisations – this year we received 59 applications. Lots of the projects we have previously funded continue to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and have an ongoing impact on participants’ behaviour, in many cases through new or continuing activities.
“I wish all our projects the best and look forward to seeing the impact they have.”
One project to previously clinch funding is Wargrave House LEAP College (now Ascent College) in St Helens, which in 2022 received £8000, and specialises in providing an autism learning environment for 19-to-25-year-olds.
The project saw the students set up a café and shop at the Lyme and Wood Learning Hub on Vista Road in Newton-le-Willows which, as well as being a place for local people to enjoy, is a space for students to learn and develop new skills. They have once again been successful in applying for Community Fund, receiving £8000 for their new Preloved Project.
Teacher and project lead at Ascent College Lauren Molyneux said: “The previous project was all about promoting more sustainable ways of living and for students to learn vocational skills in sectors like woodwork, horticulture, retail and hospitality. We used the funding to deliver a series of tailored and practical workshops and tutorials, which helped establish industry specific skills that have helped support our young adults as they transition from further education to vocational pathways, apprenticeships, employment, or higher education.
“We’re excited to receive funding once again and can’t wait to get started on our new eco project. We want to make it accessible for people to make sustainable lifestyle changes as well as building a community hub for people to access free or affordable activities for themselves and their families. The project will also enable our students to build vital preparation for adulthood skills.”
The successful organisations have got until March 2024 to deliver their projects.
The successful projects:
Ascent College (part of the Remarkable Group)
The Preloved Project
A food, furniture and textiles project, giving college students the opportunity for workshops and work experience in hospitality, retail, woodwork and horticulture.
Baltic Triangle Area C.I.C.
Baltic Swap Shop
A clothes reuse and recycling initiative promoting a sustainable and ethical approach to fashion consumption, hosting several swap shop clothes exchange events and collaborate with local businesses, schools and community organisations.
Bee Wirral C.I.C
Refresh pre loved furniture project
This project will take unwanted furniture left in empty Housing Association properties for reuse. There will also be volunteer training in furniture repair, restoration, and upcycling.
British Dietetic Association
A food skills project which will look to engage with over 3000 people, focussing on cookery, food-growing and composting.
Fierce Futures C.I.C.
Style Swap Social
A sustainable fashion initiative promoting second-hand style, saving money, and reducing waste, reaching over 600 people.
Global Feedback LTD
The Alchemic Kitchen
A food/cookery skills project delivering events and workshops to help people reduce food waste.
Kindfulness Coffee Club
Baby Kind will aim to reuse nursery equipment (e.g. prams, cots) by donating to low income families, as well as holding a weekly Knit and Knatter group.
Liverpool Tool Library C.I.C.
This tool reuse/lending library will clean, de-rust, maintain and fix tools inhouse for a lending inventory, as well as run several textiles and furniture upcycling/repair workshops.
Liverpool World Centre
Re-think: the waste revolution
This project will tie in with schools and other education providers to look at waste in the food, electricals and textiles industries.
Waste Not…Food For Thought
Will encourage integrated working and peer learning to help reduce food waste. 40 family cooking sessions will teach all about recycling and reuse, swap sessions, composting and clothes repair.
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Eco Garden
A food growing and cooking project at St Mary’s Eco Community Garden in Wirral, hosting weekly cookery sessions, recycling craft clubs and growing/composting classes.
Valley Community Theatre
A food growing/cookery skills project which will also look to create a community kitchen garden, run gardening activities and six community swap shops.
The Repurpose Project: Breathing New Life into Old Textiles and Furniture
Furniture and textiles project which will host several upcycling workshops, a local pop-up shop, and work with local charities to reduce waste.
*Statistic from Merseyside and Halton Waste Composition Analysis 2021/22
MRWA_LEAP_2022A – (l to r) Ascent College student Owen, Ascent Teaching Support Assistant Anne, Ascent Teacher and Project Lead Lauren Molyneux, at the opening of the Lyme & Wood Café and Shop, November 2022
MRWA_LEAP_2022C – visitors at the opening of the Lyme & Wood Café and Shop, November 2022
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 – Halton, 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.
MRWA operates (via a contract with resource management company Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2023/24 has seen 13 community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions. Funding total is £164,945.00
A Sefton charity has spent the last year recruiting an army of volunteers to deliver workshops in clothes, furniture and plastics reuse to help stop materials from going to waste.
Fix Up, Look Sharp is the creation of Crosby-based Mencap Liverpool & Sefton, which last year was awarded £7990 by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority & Veolia Community Fund 2022/23 for the reuse and repair project.
Since July last year, the charity has been holding regular upcycling workshops, ‘fix-up fairs’ and arts and craft sessions to help local people breathe new life into old furniture, unwanted textiles and discarded plastics. All of the workshops have been delivered at the Mencap Liverpool & Sefton Cottage on Mariners Road, Crosby.
Mencap Liverpool & Sefton is a local, independent charity that promotes equality for people with a learning disability, helping them to discover new opportunities, make new friends, and feel valued and safe in their community.
Nadine Jones, Progression Co-ordinator at Mencap Liverpool & Sefton, said: “Our Fix Up, Look Sharp project has been using regular workshops to give people the skills and opportunities to reimagine and repurpose clothes, plastics and furniture. We want to equip all our participants with the knowledge and inspiration to rescue, repair and repurpose items that could otherwise have been thrown away. I hope that we have helped people to understand the consequences of unnecessary waste so that everyone engaged with the project is motivated to consume more responsibly.”
According to a recent analysis* around 5% of household bins locally contained textiles such as clothes and shoes, a lot of which could still be used. The same report showed that plastic items made up 11.9% of Merseyside and Halton’s kerbside residual (i.e. black bin bag) waste.
Lesley Worswick, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, said: “Our Community Fund projects are always full of inspirational ideas. Local organisations such as Mencap Liverpool & Sefton can deliver zero waste and sustainability messages and ideas in a way that people can relate to in their own lives, which is a benefit to the local environment.”
In total, Mencap Liverpool & Sefton are hoping that by the end of the project they will have delivered 10 litter picks in conjunction with local litter picking groups like Crosby Wombles and Friends of Crosby Beach, 10 ‘Fix Up Fairs’ (where participants can find new homes for items that they don’t want to keep), and numerous textiles, furniture and plastics workshops including workshops that upcycled old pallets into garden furniture and herb gardens.
From 21st to 23rd May there is a three-day revamp of all of their coffee shop furniture. Here, Mencap members together with a team of artists and volunteers from the local community will be joining celebrity upcycler Gemma Longworth (‘Find It, Fix It, Flog It’) to revamp the coffee shop. At all the events, participants have been learning how to make simple fixes and alterations so that items can be saved, reused and improved.
By the end of Fix Up, Look Sharp, it is estimated that almost two tonnes of material will be reused which would otherwise have gone to waste.
Nadine Jones continued: “Not only has this project brought together the community it has also given adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to build their confidence, connections, skill sets and discover hidden talents and interests! All while giving many items new life and legacies.”
Merseyside and Halton residents will soon have the opportunity to recycle more as Household Waste Recycling Centres open for longer over the spring and summer months.
From Saturday 1st April the region’s Centres will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*.
There are 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by resource management company Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).
Lesley Worswick, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “The Recycling Centres accept a range of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, wood, and white goods. They also accept lesser-known items such as food and drink cartons, clothes, hard plastics and electrical items. The lighter spring and summer nights mean we can stay open for longer.”
The Centres provide a popular service for residents and can become extremely busy at peak times so visits should be planned carefully.
There is a system in place for those who wish to visit in a van or with a large trailer. Bookings can be made at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. For the two Halton facilities (Johnsons Lane and Picow Farm) householders should contact Halton Council at www.halton.gov.uk.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
From 1st April 2023 until 30thSeptember 2023 Merseyside and Halton’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*. The Centres are located at:
Runcorn- Picow Farm Road – WA7 4UB
Widnes – Johnsons Lane – WA8 0SJ
Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR
Liverpool Half Marathon on SUNDAY 26th MARCH 2023 – Restrictions to access at Otterspool Recycling Centre, Jericho Lane, Liverpool
There will be restrictions to the access at the Otterspool Recycling Centre during the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday 26th March 2023.
Access to and from Jericho Lane / Aigburth Road will be restricted between 9.00 am – 12.00 noon approx. as runners pass from Sefton Park to Otterspool Park via the underpass and then across the top of Jericho Lane. The junction will be open as soon as the last runner passes into Otterspool Park.
To avoid disruption:
Use Old Swan Recycling Centre, Cheadle Avenue, Old Swan, L13 3AF.
Access via the Riverside Drive approach, by proceeding along Aigburth Road, Park Road left into Parliament Street, left into Sefton Street.
The road closure at the junction of Aigburth Road and Jericho Lane will be reopened when the last runner passes or at approximately 12.00pm.
For more detailed information on the half marathon and road closures please go to: www.btrliverpool.com
Eight community projects in the Liverpool City Region are helping people to cut food waste, eat healthier and save money after a funding boost.
The projects have been given a share of £110,000 through the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority Community Fund 2022/23, which supports community reuse, recycling and waste prevention initiatives across the region.
This week (6th to 12th March) marks Food Waste Action Week 2023, the UK’s biggest annual food waste reduction campaign, organised by the Love Food Hate Waste programme. The eight local projects are using the week to highlight how much food could be stopped from going to waste by shopping smarter, meal planning and improving cookery skills and use of ingredients. The organisations are delivering a variety of initiatives across Merseyside such as cookery classes, compost sessions and grow-your-own workshops to help reduce household food waste.
One of the groups to receive funding is Liverpool-based Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC. Michelle O’Dwyer of Bay Tree, said: “Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC has been running projects that work with vulnerable groups to teach food preparation, cooking and budgeting and food handling and storage skills over several years. Our latest project is targeting groups who benefit from learning skills that help reduce food waste, such as those living on fixed incomes and low incomes, people with disabilities, mental health challenges, unemployed people and veterans.
“The unique aspect of this project is that we’re teaching skills to minimise food waste rather than just cookery skills. We’re focussed on shopping on a budget, food handing and hygiene, using leftovers, and evaluating portion sizes. It’s a serious matter, but we’re making sure everyone is having fun while they learn!”
The eight projects are:
Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC – Cook And Save (see pictures above).
British Dietetic Association – Waste Warriors.
Centre 63 – Remake Yourself Hub.
Compost Works – Share Food And Compost The Rest.
Farm Urban – Future Food Heroes 2.0.
Knowsley Foodbank – Chloe Cooks.
Porchfield Community Association
Wargrave House College – Not Too Shabby
An estimated 106,064 tonnes* of avoidable household food is wasted in the Liverpool City Region each year. A lot of this could still be used and would save the average family £720** a year in groceries. It is this behaviour the projects are looking to change.
Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We are delighted to support all of these projects. The facts show that on average we throw away over one hundred thousand tonnes of avoidable food every year on Merseyside – almost a third of the average general household waste bin. That includes millions of loaves of bread, whole chickens, litres of milk.
“Food waste is a big issue with significant environmental effects. Projects like these can get people to recognise that the food they buy exists within a circular economy – from farm to fork – while having a real impact in reducing household food waste and saving households money on grocery bills.”
The organisations have until the end of March 2023 to deliver their projects.
Notes to editors:
The attached images show Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC, 2023.
Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC – Cook And Save will try to cut food waste with 18×2-day cookery/training courses.
British Dietetic Association – Waste Warriors. The BDA has recruited 15 people from ten community cooking clubs to deliver 75 food waste cookery classes.
Centre 63 – Remake Yourself Hub. The Kirkby-based project is hosting food waste sessions.
Compost Works – Share Food And Compost The Rest is delivering 12 training sessions and 40 weekly support sessions for composting.
Farm Urban – Future Food Heroes 2.0. The next stage of the Future Food Heroes project is delivering seven community events and 72 training sessions with six primary schools, as well as six celebration events and a regional finale at Farm Urban.
Knowsley Foodbank – Chloe Cooks. Knowsley Foodbank is holding 40 food/cookery training sessions to five groups over eight weeks.
Porchfield Community Association – Porchfield Community Association is a clothes and food waste project which is offering 3×5-week cookery courses.
Wargrave House College – Not Too Shabby @ The Lyme@ Wood Learning Hub. This multi-material project is hosting workshops on food as well as furniture, textiles, wood and metals.