NEWS: Access at Clatterbridge Recycling Centre, Wirral

UPDATE (08.02.21): Please note Wirral Council and Merseyside Police have informed us that they are now able to fully reopen Mount Road. The removal of traffic restrictions allows clear access to the Clatterbridge Recycling Centre for residents.

Due to an incident and subsequent police investigation, access to Clatterbridge Household Waste and Recycling Centre has been affected, however the site remains open and accessible.

Diversions are in place to allow access the from M53 (Junction 4) roundabout toward the end of Mount Road. To exit the site residents must turn right and travel back along Mount Road to the roundabout.

Road closures may cause some difficulties in accessing the site, and residents are advised to use an alternative Recycling Centre if possible.

We will provide further updates as they become available.


NEWS: Recycle Right this Christmas and New Year

Householders in the Liverpool City Region are being asked to recycle as much as possible this Christmas and New Year – but to bear in mind any COVID-19 restrictions.

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and its contractor Veolia are reminding local people that the region’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres are open most days, where all sorts of items can be recycled for free.

Tonnes of waste material is usually created at this time of the year, but with COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing in place it may not be as quick and easy to recycle as normal.

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “A considerable amount of waste is created at this time of the year so it’s a good opportunity to boost the region’s recycling levels. Our Recycling Centres will happily accept the clutter of people’s packaging, bottles, cans and even Christmas trees.

“However, traditionally the Centres do get very busy around Christmas, and social distancing is still in place, so we would ask people if they can delay their visit then please do so. If you must visit then try and sort your items before you get to site and expect to queue.

“Alternatively, store waste at home until the rush is over if you can, use your household recycling bin, or even local bring banks if available. Whatever you do, please don’t fly-tip outside the Centres as this is illegal and you could be fined.”

Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed on the following days ONLY over Christmas and New Year:

CHRISTMAS DAY (Friday 25th Dec)
BOXING DAY (Saturday 26th Dec)
NEW YEAR’S DAY (Friday 1st Jan)

Many items can be deposited at the region’s Recycling Centres, with the majority accepting cans, cardboard, garden waste, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, tyres, timber/wood, white goods and electrical items.

As the Centres are particularly busy at this time of year MRWA and Veolia are asking householders to, if possible, consider the following:

– Is it essential that you dispose of the waste or can your visit wait?
– There may be long queues and long waiting times.
– Try to use household waste bins or local bring banks.
– If you are visiting a Recycling Centre, please try to sort your waste before you visit (e.g. place cardboard together, wood together). This way you don’t have to do it at the Centre while you are there. You can view the layout of your Recycling Centre at
– Visitors should stay at least 2 metres apart from others.
– Unload your vehicle yourself – no assistance can be given by staff members currently.
– No COVID waste (e.g. used tissues) unless it has been stored for 72 hours.
– Please don’t fly-tip your waste outside a Recycling Centre as this is illegal and you could be fined or prosecuted.
– If using a van or large trailer you will need to pre-book your visit at
– If you are going to visit Formby, Sefton Meadows or Rainhill in any vehicle, you will need to pre-book your visit at
– Householders looking to see what they can and can’t recycle should visit to get the latest advice.

Other tips for a cleaner Christmas include:

– Flatten cardboard boxes before adding them to a recycling container – it will take up less room.

– Remove any plastic wrapping and polystyrene before placing cardboard boxes into the correct container. Unfortunately we can’t recycle your plastic gift wrapping.

– Please don’t bring us plastic bags – try to reuse them as much as possible and next time you go shopping why not buy a bag-for-life?

– Separate your clear glass bottles, brown bottles and green bottles for the correct container (and put any blue bottles with green bottles).
– Bring us your cans – people use an extra 500 million drinks cans during the festive period, which are all recyclable!

– Remember to recycle Christmas cards instead of throwing them away.

– After Christmas you can bring your real Christmas trees to our Recycling Centres where they’ll be shredded and turned into chippings for compost.



NEWS: Merseyside Recycling Centres to remain open during lockdown period


Date: 4th November 2020

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority can confirm that it plans to keep all 14 of its Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) open and operational through the next national lockdown period starting on 5th November 2020.

All of the Centres will operate in line with winter opening times 8.00am – 5.00pm.There are booking systems in place for all vans at all site, and for cars at the Sefton Meadows, Formby and Rainhill sites only.  Please book an appointment online at

These arrangements will be kept under constant review depending upon developing local and national guidance, and any changes in coronavirus legislation. Access restrictions will remain in place to control visitor numbers on site at any time and to ensure appropriate social distancing for members of the public and staff.

Members of the public are asked to only visit one of the Centres if absolutely essential at this time. We will keep our website regularly updated, and further information regarding opening at each of the HWRCs can be found at and via our social media channels @MerseysideRWA.



NEWS: Recycling Centres switch to shorter winter hours

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are set to switch to their shorter winter opening hours.

From Thursday 1st October the Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by resource management company Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

Currently, all HWRCs are open and operational.

There is a car booking system in place for Formby, Rainhill and Sefton Meadows. These Centres have a limited number of slots for each day. This allows for them to be serviced – such as getting waste containers emptied – and also ensures that staff can monitor site users and ensure compliance with social distancing rules.

There is also a temporary allocation system in place for those who wish to visit a HWRC in a van or with a large trailer with household waste only. The existing Van Permit Scheme remains suspended at this time. Vans are currently not allowed onto Rainhill HWRC until further notice.

Bookings for both systems can be made at

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Social distancing is still being enforced in England which means there are restrictions on all our sites for the safety and the health of both staff and visitors, hence there are only a certain number of cars allowed on site at any one time. We would ask all householders to please follow site staff instructions if they do choose to visit any Recycling Centre.

“Our main message remains the same as it has done since we reopened in May – that people should visit their Recycling Centre only if it is essential. If waste can be disposed or recycled through kerbside collections, or if items can reused or repurposed, then please do so.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We shorten the hours over the winter to coincide with the darker nights over the forthcoming months. Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, large plastics, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.”



The picture attached is of a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

From October 1st 2020 until March 31st 2021 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm*. The Centres are located at:

Knowsley –
Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR

Liverpool –
Old Swan – Cheadle Avenue – L13 3AF
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR

Sefton –
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE

St Helens –
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
*Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA

Wirral –
Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 4JZ
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

Monday to Friday: Open 8.00am-5.00pm
Saturdays: Open 9.00am-5.00pm
Sundays: Open 9.00am–3.00pm

MRWA 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.