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 www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

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.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

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

*NB:
Rainhill:
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. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

BOOK A VAN HERE


We are now allowing a limited number of vans and large trailers onto the Recycling Centres each day (with the exception of Rainhill).

Visits are strictly via a pre-arranged booking only and anyone turning up without a pre-booked visit will be turned away.

Residents wishing to make a booking can do so by:

BOOKING ONLINE HERE

Once the total number of permitted vans or large trailers per day has been reached for a particular site, then no more bookings for that day will be taken and residents will need to choose an alternative day that has availability.

There is no need to book a specific time slot and, once the date of a booking has been confirmed, the vehicle registration details will be provided to site attendants and residents can turn up at any time on their allotted day.  If there are queues at site, residents with a van allocation booking will need to join the queue.

Visits in a van or with a large trailer will be strictly limited to one vehicle/household per week, with a maximum of 12 visits per year.

Household waste only. No trade waste. Those with a hire vehicle may be asked to present the hire documents.

Conditions of the Van Allocation System:

  • A booking is required to access all Household Waste Recycling Centres* in a van, whether hired or owned or for a trailer between 2m and 3m.
  • Residents are allowed to book one appointment per week up to a maximum of 12 per year. One appointment allows one visit only to the chose Recycling Centre. Additional visits cannot be made for that week. The week runs from Sunday to Saturday.
  • Residents who arrive at a Recycling Centre in a van (owned or hired) or have a trailer between 2m and 3m without a booking will not be permitted access to the site.
  • Only household waste is permitted at site and you may be refused access if it is suspected that the waste you are bringing has arisen from trade activity.
  • Excluding Rainhill HWRC which is currently not accepting vans.

BOOK A CAR HERE: FORMBY, RAINHILL AND SEFTON MEADOWS


Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) at Formby, Rainhill and Sefton Meadows are open to the public via a BOOKING SYSTEM ONLY.

  • The Centres will have a limited number of slots for each day

  • This allows for the site to be serviced – i.e. for getting waste containers emptied – and also ensures that staff can monitor residents and implement social distancing rules.

  • Vans, and large trailers are currently not allowed to access any Centres unless booked first – please click here for more information.

 

Conditions of the Car Booking System:

  • Booking is required for cars visiting Formby, Sefton Meadows and Rainhill Household Waste Recycling Centres.
  • Residents are allowed to book one appointment per week. One appointment allows one visit only to the chosen Recycling Centre. Additional visits cannot be made for that week. The week runs from Sunday to Monday.
  • Residents who arrive at Formby, Sefton Meadows or Rainhill in a car without a booking will not be permitted access to the site.
  • Only household waste is permitted at site and you may be refused access if it is suspected that the waste you are bringing has arisen from trade activity.

RECYCLING CENTRES – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Most of Merseyside’s Household Recycling Centres have reopened.

To help you plan your visit we’ve put together a range of the most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below:

Are any Recycling Centres closed?

 

Our Rainhill Centre will reopen on Monday 21st September.

For Rainhill, Sefton Meadows and Formby residents will need to book a slot to access the site. See:

http://sitebookings.merseysidewda.gov.uk

 

Will I have to book a slot to visit the sites? We have introduced a booking system for Rainhill, Formby and Sefton Meadows only – CLICK HERE for more information.
Will the sites be busy?

 

We expect all our sites to be exceptionally busy, so if your journey is not essential and your waste can wait, we’d advise postponing your visit for now.

 

How long will I have to queue at the site?

 

The queues expected at our sites mean that you could be waiting a long time at some sites – you may have to queue for several hours
Do you have any way for residents to see how long the the queues are at sites? It is difficult for us to provide waiting times for all of our open Recycling Centres at any given time – expect to queue between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
How many cars will be allowed on site?

 

There will be restrictions on site and there will only be a few cars allowed on site at any one time. Please follow staff instructions.
What are the social distancing restrictions in place?

 

You will be directed to a designated space and you will be expected to follow the social distancing rules as instructed. Where possible a one way system will be marked and designated on each site.

 

What can I bring to site? The full range of household waste and recyclable materials can be brought to sites
What if I have waste relating to coronavirus infection? If any households have had COVID-19 symptoms the residual waste should be double bagged and left for 72 hours before being putting in your residual bin or brought to site in accordance with Public Health England guidance.

 

Can I walk waste onto site? Walk in access with waste will not be allowed.

 

Will anyone on site be able to help unload? Staff will not be able to help you unload your car due social distancing restrictions.

 

Is the Permit Scheme in operation at sites?

 

The Commercial Vehicle Permit Scheme is temporarily suspended. A limited number of vans are now allowed on (excluding Rainhill) – please see this link for more information https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/2020/07/book-a-van/

 

Can I come to site in a van or bring a large trailer?

 

Yes, a limited number of vans are allowed on site (excluding Rainhill) but have to be booked. Please see https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/2020/07/book-a-van/

 

I have a small trailer (less than 2 metres) can I bring that to the site? Small Trailers (those less than 2 metres) that do not usually need a permit will be allowed on site.

 

How many people can be in the car?

 

As few people should attend the HWRC in a vehicle as possible and, wherever practical, only one person should leave the vehicle to dispose of the waste.

Any person who does get out of the vehicle on site should follow any instructions provided by site staff and should remember to follow social distancing guidelines at all times.

Can I bring my children with me?

 

Do not bring children to site unless you really have to. If you do bring children they will not be allowed to leave the car.

 

Are there any traffic restrictions at the site or on the surrounding roads?

 

There will be queues and there may be restrictions on the highways and roads leading up to the sites, there will be traffic marshals at most sites and we ask people to adhere to any advice they may give.

 

 

 

CHECK IF YOUR RECYCLING CENTRE IS OPEN


Councillors on the Authority have decided to open with restrictions and subject to traffic management plans being in place for each site.

MRWA along with its contractor Veolia will be implementing clear operating guidelines with respect to the necessity of visits, social distancing on site and queuing. Our priority at all times is the safety of residents and the hard working staff at all of our Centres.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING YOUR RECYCLING CENTRE CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The restrictions will be:

● The number of vehicles allowed on site will be restricted, and queuing times will be longer.

● As few people should attend the HWRC in a vehicle as possible and, wherever practical, only one person should leave the vehicle to dispose of the waste. Any person who does get out of the vehicle on site should follow any instructions provided by site staff and should remember to follow social distancing guidelines at all times.

● Visits to Formby, Rainhill and Sefton Meadows must be booked beforehand – see https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/2020/06/test-merseysidewda-gov-uk/

● Vans must book before visiting – see https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/2020/07/book-a-van/

● Social distancing of at least 2 metres will be strictly enforced.

● Site Employees will not be able to assist with unloading.

If households have had COVID-19 symptoms then waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. Place it in your normal bin collection if you can.

For your local Recycling Centre see – https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-recycling/household-waste-recycling-centres-hwrcs/

WASTE CAN WAIT! Get composting and reduce green waste


The government is advising as many of us as possible to stay home as much as we can in order to help key workers, relieve strain on the NHS and ultimately stop us getting sick.

It’s a difficult time we’re living through, but we can all help each other as family, friends, neighbours and as a community.

With so many of us at home it’s inevitable that household waste will increase, which puts pressure on the waste collection, recycling and disposal network. In addition, carbon associated waste in particular is an added worry in that it has the potential to cause changes to the climate.

So one way we can all help is to keep waste at a minimum.

Get composting!

We’ve already written some advice about keeping household waste down (see link here) and about managing food and reducing food waste (see link here), but here you’ll find information all about composting at home.

Home composting is a great way to keep your garden clippings and your kitchen food waste out of the bin. You can put in all sorts including garden clippings, flowers, fruit peelings, eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds, ripped up cardboard, tissues.

It is one of the best ways to reduce the amount of waste we produce and lessen carbon emissions – research shows that a third of the contents of the average bin can be composted! (The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations said that if food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of carbon after China and the US (Source: www.fao.org/sustainable-food-value-chains/library/details/en/c/266219/)

Recycling nature

Composting is nature’s own way of recycling. By converting your kitchen and garden waste into compost you will not only reduce the amount of material you’re putting into your household bin, but as a bonus you will also cut the amount of methane and carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere – significant greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

The end product is also a great nutrition feed for your garden and plants and a soil improver!

What can I compost?

A lot of people think that garden waste is the only thing that you can put into your compost bin. But there are actually loads more everyday organic waste items from your home and garden that you can add to enrich your compost.

Things you CAN add to your compost bin include:

Greens:
Gross mowings
Old flowers
House plants
Fruit scraps and peels
Veg scraps and peelings
Nettles
Coffee grounds & filter paper
Tea bags and tea leaves
Spent bedding plants
Comfrey leaves
Rhubarb leaves
Young annual weeds
Pond algae & seaweed

Browns:
Egg shells and boxes
Cereal boxes
Corrugated cardboard packaging
Newspaper
Toilet & kitchen roll tubes
Garden prunings
Dry leaves
Twigs
Hedge clippings
Straw & hay
Wool
Feathers
Ashes from wood
Paper or lumpwood charcoal
Woody clippings
Cotton threads
String (made from natural fibres)
Tumble dryer lint (from natural fibre clothes)
Old natural fibre clothes (e.g. wool)
Vacuum bag contents
Tissues, paper towels & napkins
Shredded confidential documents
Corn cobs & stalks
Pine needles & cones

For a full guide on how to compost at home, please visit www.recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/composting/making-compost which offers advice on how to set up your composter and make the best compost.

Residents from across the Liverpool City Region can purchase a wide range of Home Compost bins and accessories at competitive prices by visiting: www.merseyside.getcomposting.com.

Buy a compost bin for yourself or even buy one for a friend or family member – they make a great present for someone who is looking to cut waste, improve their garden or help the environment.

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Mersey community groups secure £150,000 funding to help reduce waste


Fifteen community groups have been awarded a share of £150,000 to help the Liverpool City Region reduce, re-use and recycle more.

The money has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 20/21 which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling initiatives.

The fifteen organisations had to bid for the funding which will give them the financial resource to deliver waste-reducing behavioural change projects across the region.

Programmes include cookery clubs to reduce food waste, community recycling hubs, sewing classes and craft clubs, upcycling and restoration of unwanted furniture, clothes recycling and home composting workshops*.

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, Plastics, Textiles and Furniture. An analysis of waste in the Liverpool City Region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example paper, card, metals.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“We’ve seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities.

“There has been some disruption with the Coronavirus pandemic but we’re confident that these projects will go ahead. I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing the impact they have.”

One organisation to have benefited from the Community Fund in the past is ReStore in St Helens. The shop on Peckers Hill Road in Sutton opened its doors to the public in the winter of 2018 and has again been successful in winning funding this year.

Primarily volunteer run, ReStore refurbishes unwanted furniture while also providing opportunities for the long-term unemployed. Using The Hope Centre’s extensive volunteer network participants are being provided with opportunities to learn DIY and retail skills, giving practical experience of working routines to help gain employment.

The Project Manager at ReStore Julie Waring said: “Our project is preventing valuable and reusable materials from being wasted, while at the same time giving local people practical work skills. I’m absolutely thrilled with the success of the shop, the amount of furniture being rescued and the ongoing support of the community.”

The impact of the 2018/19 Fund saw 12 projects divert 673 tonnes of material from disposal, 26,643 people directly engaged, participation by 50,533 volunteers, and a 1419 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.

The successful organisation have got until June 2021 to deliver their projects.

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 Note to editors

  • Image caption –

MRWA_RESTORE: staff and volunteers outside the ReStore St Helens shop

  • *The successful projects:
  1. Acronym Community Empowerment – From Disposable to Sustainable Fashion: Participants will learn how to make trendsetting bespoke garments out of everyday items, learn sewing techniques and have an opportunity to enter what they have designed, stitched and produced into a Disposable Fashion show to celebrate the project’s achievements. Newly created pieces will be sold or auctioned to fund further green awareness campaigns to widen the project’s impact or donated to support homeless support services.

 

  1. British Dietetic Association – Let’s Get Merseyside Saving: the funding will be used to reduce avoidable household food waste through a series of training clubs, a waste-saving tips pamphlet and a community event.

 

  1. Centre 63 – Remake Yourself: this ongoing programme will continue to provide sewing classes and upcycling furniture workshops while supporting the skill development of young women. It will concentrate on unwanted furniture and textiles and the Centre 63 youth club will be focused on the reuse and recycling of plastic and food waste activities.

 

  1. Changing Communities – ReStore St Helens: The money will be used for staff support at the ReStore shop in Sutton which sees volunteers upcycle donated/unwanted furniture. This is then sold to the general public.

 

  1. Emmaus Merseyside – The Reuse Crafting Courtyard: Emmaus Merseyside is a charity that provides a home, as well as education, training and work to people who have experienced homelessness. Emmaus will build on previous work by creating a reuse courtyard and training their Companions in techniques for safe deconstruction and decommissioning of domestic waste items. They will also engage with local schools and communities to raise awareness of the scale of the challenge of waste reduction and how we can each make a difference.

 

  1. Family Refugee Support Project – Around the World in 80 Dishes: The Family Refugee Support Project (FRSP) provides long-term, specialist psychotherapy and support to refugee and asylum seeking family members in Liverpool. The Around the World in 80 Dishes project would enable FRSP to create cooking classes for all service users run by service users to inform and encourage cooking, reduction of waste and UK seasonal growing.

 

  1. Global Feedback Ltd – Your Food Needs You: a programme of quirky, high-profile food-waste-busting events, pop-up ‘Food Labs’ and urban harvesting days will bring Merseyside communities together to learn about, appreciate and enjoy food, and simultaneously reduce waste.

 

  1. Groundwork – Let’s Speke About Food: a programme of practical cookery sessions, a set of 6 recipes using leftovers, and home composting workshops in South Liverpool will aim to minimise household waste associated with food.

 

  1. Hoylake and West Kirby Sea Cadets – Waste Not Want Not: Two teenage sea cadets will run this waste project which will encourage recycling, reuse and waste prevention at the Hoylake and West Kirby Sea Cadets unit on Grange Road, West Kirby.

 

  1. Liverpool World Centre – 10 Tonne Clothing Channel: This project will reduce the amount of textiles going to waste by raising awareness of textile consumption and waste; enlisting schools in the 10 Tonne Challenge to recycle textiles; engaging 9 schools champions to learn about the textile journey of an individual garment, and create innovative case studies for how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

 

  1. Regenerus – The Big Community Clean Up: This will prevent food waste through engagement with local residents via various activities including a hands on ‘glean’ at a farm or urban forage trip; learning about different ways to freeze / preserve / store produce at practical food workshops; learning to cook and eat that produce together at community meals.

 

  1. United Giving Ltd – United Together: This will look to increase reuse and prevent and reduce waste with a unique “united together” project supporting emergency tenancies and tenants in most need referred by the housing officers of Riverside Housing, social workers and Halton Asylum seekers, Brennan Lodge and numerous other organisations that support the transition of people from homelessness to having their own place to live.

 

  1. Wirral Change Ltd – The Community Reward Scheme: The funding will help to reintroduce a Community Reward Scheme offering incentives for people who recycle. The project will also show people how to up-cycle waste and prevent items from going to waste.

 

  1. Wirral Hospice St Johns – Recycle, Reuse and Relove: The adult hospice aims to encourage more Wirral residents to help reuse and recycle their unwanted and preloved items and generate income for local hospice care.

 

  1. Wirral Youth Zone – Waste Not Want Not @ The Hive: will provide young people who attend The Hive with the knowledge, skills, confidence to cook simple, healthy and well-balanced meals through cooking sessions “challenges” and food shopping. The project wants to ensure young people can learn to cook healthy food on a budget and save money for their family whilst learning and thinking about food and waste as a resource to be valued.

 

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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 2020/21 has seen 15 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 £151,854.25

 

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

John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk

General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

 

 

WASTE CAN WAIT! Making the most of your food


These are challenging times we’re currently living through, especially when it comes to household food management. We don’t know if we’re buying too much or not enough. Can we use leftovers? What is the best way to stock a fridge?

However, thinking positively we can use this as an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with some skills we may have lost in the hustle and bustle of modern life and do more with the food we have.

Now more than ever we all need to make sure we aren’t wasting any food – whether that’s buying or cooking too much, buying the wrong thing, or storing food incorrectly.

So, what can you do to reduce the amount of food you throw away and use more of what you’ve got? Whether you’re going to a supermarket or you’re shopping online follow the tips below to save food and almost certainly save money…

• Write a shopping list! The most obvious but best one of all. Check what is in the cupboard, fridge and freezer before shopping and write out what you need.

• Plan your meals in advance. Breakfast, dinner, tea – know what you need before you buy. You could even write it out and stick in on the fridge door!

• Check the dates on food regularly and use foods with the shortest date first

• Smaller packs of bread (which still have the same size slices) are great if you’re not going to eat a big loaf before it goes off. If you do buy a big loaf why not freeze half and toast straight from frozen?

• Freeze milk – you need never pour milk down the sink again. When it’s coming up to its use-by date, and definitely still smells fresh, simply put it in the freezer. Defrost fully in the fridge and use within 5–7 days. You could even freeze it in an ice cube tray.

• Simple but a classic – measure portion sizes to help avoid cooking or serving too much food.

• Be creative with using up leftovers – most will keep for two days in the fridge if they are well wrapped (apart from rice).

• Speaking of leftover rice – rinse it with cold water and tip it into a large shallow container. Cool it as quickly as possible (ideally within an hour) and it will keep in the fridge for up to a day. Make sure your rice is piping hot when you reheat it – and then enjoy.

• Cook once, eat twice. There might be time when you’ve cooked too much food. A great way to keep it out of the bin is to create single portions in tupperware and freeze them for later. You, your partner and your family will always have a healthy meal to reheat when cooking seems like a chore.

• Keep your foods in the right parts of the fridge – this prevents cross-contamination (and keeps them good for longer). In a nutshell, keep ready-to-eat food on the top shelves and fruit and veg in the bottom drawers. Wrap or cover open items and put raw meat, poultry and fish in sealed containers to avoid keep raw away from cooked foods.

• To extend the life of food beyond its date, freeze it before the date and defrost and use within 24 hours.

• When you get your food home, keep it in its original packaging and follow on pack instructions to keep food at its best. If you buy your fruit and veg loose they can also last longer if stored properly in a bag that is lightly tied in the fridge.

• Re-sealable packs for cheese prevent it drying out, particularly important in the fridge. If your cheese of choice doesn’t have a re-sealable pack, make sure you wrap it well in cling film, foil or in a plastic tub

We hope our baker’s dozen of tips helps you manage your household food better. For more information and tips, advice and recipes for leftovers and to help waste less food visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

Other handy websites:

10 tips to help make meal prep easy – www.hubbub.org.uk/10-easy-meal-prep-tips

10 ways to cut your food waste – www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/food-banks/10-ways-to-cut-your-food-waste

Common items you can and can’t freeze – https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/food-banks/10-ways-to-cut-your-food-waste

Give it a Grow this Compost Awareness Week!


‘Give it a Grow’ is the message being put out to mark the tenth annual Compost Awareness Week, which runs from 2 – 8 May.

This year, the Recycle Now campaign and Merseyside Waste Partnership are encouraging us all to try our hand at new composting activities in order to do our bit for the environment.

Although around 30 percent of us already compost at home, there are lots more things we can all try. For example, around 60 percent of people say they have never tried composting general household waste, such as scrunched up paper or the contents from a vacuum cleaner, and around 50 percent of people have never tried using peat-free compost.

Carl Beer, Director at Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, said: “This Compost Awareness Week we are encouraging everyone to give composting a go. Even those of us who are already composting at home could compost more things more often, or try new things, such as greener, peat free composts. However you choose to get involved, there are plenty of new things you can try, which will not only help the environment but also help your garden grow greener.”

Here are just some of the things we could all try this Compost Awareness Week:

New to composting? Why not give composting a go. Anyone with outside space can compost at home. To buy a compost bin, try your local garden centre or DIY store.

Already a compost champion? Think about additional things you could compost, such as eggs shells, tea bags or even coffee grounds and filter paper. Check the list of compostable items at www.recyclenow.com/compost.  

Don’t know what to do with your compost? Try using your homemade compost to enrich your borders or to give your potted plants and containers an extra boost

Ever tried peat-free compost? It’s made from recycled materials – and that’s good news for the environment because it helps to cut down the amount of organic waste that is sent to landfill

Fancy being a wormery wonder? Wormeries are ideal for people who don’t produce garden waste or have limited outside space. Small amounts of garden waste can go into a wormery, together with some cooked food scraps.

There is often a belief that waste such as vegetable peelings or garden waste is harmless, but in a landfill tip they cause powerful greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. Home composting is a simple alternative that anyone can manage if they have a garden or allotment – or even a patio or outside space.

What’s more, many of us are unaware of the environmental benefits of using peat free compost. 51 percent of us have never used it, and 24 percent say they are not aware of it, despite the fact that it can also make a significant environmental saving. [2] It can take anywhere between 500 to 1,000 years to replace every one metre layer of peat extracted in the UK, putting at risk wildlife such as birds, dragonflies and butterflies that depend on its natural habitat for survival [3].

All of Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres also offer containers for residents to deposit their green and garden waste. This waste (such as grass cuttings, bushes and tree branches) is then taken to local processors where it is composted in open windrows. The resulting compost is finally sold on.

For more information about Compost Awareness Week and to check what events are happening in your area, visit www.recyclenow.com/compost.  

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YouTube Chosen To Host Waste Story


Merseyside residents can learn the ins and outs of waste disposal by logging on to You Tube to see what happens to their rubbish.

Five new short films have been produced by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority to reveal everything from monitoring gas levels at former landfill sites to processes used at a Wirral Materials Recovery Facility.

The films are part of an education drive by the Authority and focus on key elements of waste management in the region, explaining how various parts of the industry work.

They can be viewed on the MWDA website and on YouTube and all showcase what goes on at Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres, its Materials Recovery Facility in Bidston and its Waste Transfer Stations. The Authority’s work in monitoring gas and water at former landfill sites is also covered in the clips.

The five ‘shorts’ follow on from an educational waste film released by MWDA last year, which showed the journey of waste from kerbside through recycling and then final reprocessing.

Carl Beer, Director of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, said: “We had some very positive feedback following the release of our film last year, so we’re glad to follow it up with these. They’re a bit more technical and feature a bit more detail than the last one did. The target age range is more specific as we’re aiming at secondary schools, colleges and university students. However, as they’re on our website and YouTube, they are accessible to everyone.”

The original film – called Get It Sorted – was released last November and has so far been distributed to and watched by approximately 2000 people, forming part of an information and education resource.

Like the previous film, the new shorts have been produced in conjunction with Liverpool media company Red Hot Media and have been narrated by local teenage actors Anneka Desai and Jack Mulhanney.

Richard Wallace of Red Hot commented: “To get the chance to work with Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority on another project has been a real privilege. These films will most definitely educate and inform viewers and with the input of the two fantastic presenters will certainly entertain.”

The new films can be viewed on the MWDA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk, on YouTube by searching for Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, or by visiting www.youtube.com/user/merseysidewda.