BOOK A VAN


Merseyside residents who wish to deposit their household waste at one of the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres using a van or large trailer can do so as from Monday 13th July (with the exception of Rainhill).

Vans and large trailers are currently prohibited from using the Recycling Centres but, from 13th July, we will be allowing a limited number to use the sites each day. 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 : www.merseysidewda.gov.uk (link tbc)

OR by calling 07774 787 370 / 07774 787 340

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.

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BOOK A SLOT HERE: FORMBY AND SEFTON MEADOWS RECYCLING CENTRES


 

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) at Formby and Sefton Meadows are open to the public from 8.00am on 8.00pm 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. The Authority continues to develop plans on how these types of vehicles can be readmitted to HWRCs in the near future.

 

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 significantly higher.

● Cars only

● One person per vehicle (NB. Blue Badge holders will be able to be accompanied by one family member)

● No vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers.

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

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

● Sites will be open 8.00 am – 8.00 pm every day.

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/

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.  

Free Recycling Bag Giveaway


Local residents will soon be able to get their green fingers on free recycling bags.

From Sunday 1st August until Tuesday 31st August, waste officers will be giving away the heavy-duty, green-waste recycling bags at Kirkby and Otterspool Household Waste Recycling Centres.

In order to claim a bag, residents will have to drop off a load of green and garden waste at either Recycling Centre, where they’ll receive a stamped voucher. If they drop off another load of green waste throughout August then they can get their voucher stamped a second time and will be entitled to the free bag which can be taken there and then.

The scheme is being organised by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and Veolia Environmental Services.

The giveaway promotion will run throughout August at Kirkby and Otterspool Recycling Centres, before moving on to Formby and Southport in September.
 

The scheme has already run successfully at Newton-le-Willows and West Kirby Recycling Centres during July, where around 500 bags have been given away.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “We ran a giveaway scheme a few years ago and it was very popular – in fact we shifted around 20,000 bags. And our regular compost giveaways are always enthusiastically received by the public, so we know there is an appetite for recycling habits to be rewarded.”

Bag supplies are limited so will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis and while stocks last.

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services, said: “The green bag giveaway has been successful in recent years across Merseyside – 20,000 bags distributed previously tells its own story. We look forward to supporting MWDA with the launch of the scheme in the coming weeks and also hearing the positive responses from our site users.”

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Notes to editor:

Kirkby Recycling Centre – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park L33 3AR
Otterspool Recycling Centre – Jericho Lane, Aigburth L17 5AR

Your Views Needed On Our Recyling Centres


Merseyside and Halton residents visiting the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres later this month will get a chance to take part in one of the biggest recycling surveys of its kind ever carried out in the region.

Householders visiting the 16 sites, operated on behalf of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) by Veolia Environmental Services, will be asked their opinions of the services on offer, and what they do and don’t like about the Centres. The survey will take place during the weekends of 20 -21st and 27th- 28th March 2010.

Alex Paterson, General Manager for Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside and Halton said: “This survey is key to our strategy in understanding the needs and perceptions of our site users. This is something we want to do annually so we can gather valuable data to make changes for the benefit of our site users and boost recycling rates across Merseyside and Halton.”

MWDA Director Carl Beer said: “The survey is an invaluable opportunity to find out what people really think about the services they’re getting when they turn up at the Household Waste Recycling Centres and how they can be improved.

“It is also a great chance for us as a waste authority, and for Veolia who operate the sites on our behalf, to get a better understanding of how our customers are using our Centres.”

People visiting the Centres over the two weekends will be asked to take part in brief one-to-one interviews to complete a series of questions about their experience and use of the HWRCs. The customer satisfaction survey is being conducted on behalf of MWDA in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services, the contractor which runs the sites.

Residents who use the Centres but have no plans to visit during the two weekends can still take part in the survey by logging on to www.merseysidewda.gov.uk from 20th March until 12th April 2010 and complete a survey online, or can log-on and complete one via their own Council’s website.

MWDA Chairperson Councillor Kevin Cluskey said: “The more people who take part, the more accurate a picture we can get of improvements and other changes needed to provide the best possible service to householders across Merseyside and Halton.”

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Notes to Editors

(i) Household Waste Recycling Centres in Merseyside and Halton

Otterspool Household Waste Recycling Centre, Jericho Lane, Aigburth, Liverpool L17 5AR
South Sefton Household Waste Recycling Centre, Irlam Road, Bootle L20 4AE
Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre, Sefton Lane, Maghull L31 8BX
Southport Household Waste Recycling Centre, Foul Lane, Southport PR9 7RG
Formby Household Waste Recycling Centre, Altcar Road, Formby L37 8EG
Bidston Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wallasey Bridge Road, Wirral CH41 1EB,
Clatterbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre Mount Road, Bebington, Wirral CH63 6JE
West Kirby Household Waste Recycling Centre, Greenbank Road, Wirral CH48 5HR
Huyton Household Waste Recycling Centre, Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton L36 6BJ
Kirkby Household Waste Recycling Centre, Depot Road, Kirkby L33 3AR
Newton-le-Willows Household Waste Recycling Centre, Junction Lane, Newton-le-Willows, St Helens WA12 8DN
Ravenhead Household Waste Recycling Centre, Burtonhead Road, St Helens WA9 5EA
Rainhill Household Waste Recycling Centre, Tasker Terrace, Rainhill L35 4NX
Rainford Household Waste Recycling Centre, Southern’s Lane, Rainford WA11 8EY
Runcorn Household Waste Recycling Centre, Picow Farm Road, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 4UB
Widnes Household Waste Recycling Centre, Johnsons Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 OSJ

(ii) Veolia Environmental Services have engaged Priority Research Ltd to undertake the research and interviews and a full report will be produced with analysis of responses. This information will then be utilised by Veolia and MWDA to improve HWRC services and customer experience at the Centres.

(iii) Priority Research Ltd will conduct all interviews in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct and all information will be collected, stored and used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

£1.5m Recycling boost unveiled to Kirkby residents


Proposals to create a new £1.5M Household Waste Recycling Centre in Kirkby will be unveiled to local residents and businesses this week [18th June 2009].

The new Kirkby Household Waste Recycling Centre will be created on a vacant site (size 0.8 hectares or 2 acres) at the northern end of Knowsley Industrial Estate. The new site is approximately 300 metres from the existing facility, which it replaces.

The new Centre will increase recycling by providing more modern facilities including the capacity to receive 15,000 tonnes of householders’ waste a year, easier disposal of recyclables and more queuing space on site to cope with peak demand and avoid queuing on the highway.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) is this week launching a major consultation exercise to make sure more than 6,300 businesses and residents living close to the proposed facility receive all the details.

As well as newsletters and community meetings, special public engagement days will be held on Thursday 2nd July 2009 (11.30 am – 5.30 am) and Friday 3rd July 2009 (11.00 am – 7.00 pm) at Kirkby Fire Station, Webster Drive, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8SJ, as part of overall efforts designed to exceed consultation requirements set by Knowsley MBC.

MWDA Director, Carl Beer, said: “This is a major investment in the area and recycling on Merseyside. It will be an asset for the people of Knowsley and it is vital that everyone living and working nearby has accurate information about the proposal. That’s why we are going to such lengths to get in touch with them.”

MWDA chair Councillor Kevin Cluskey said: “This is great news and will really add to the increasing array of facilities we need to put the region at the top of recycling tables.”

The Waste Disposal Authority will submit a full planning application later in the summer once initial consultation is complete and, subject to planning permission, the new site will be up and running by the end of 2010.

MWDA’s new contractor Veolia Environmental Services will operate the site following application to the Environment Agency for an Environmental Permit.

Details of the proposal are available here.

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NOTE TO EDITORS

1. MWDA is a local government body consisting of nine elected Members, representing the five constituent district councils in the Merseyside area. MWDA is also working with Halton Borough Council to provide new recycling and waste facilities. MWDA is responsible for organising and managing the disposal of waste collected by the five District Councils of Merseyside and for managing the 14 HWRCs across Merseyside. See more at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

2. Merseyside produces over 800,000 tonnes of household waste every year – of which only about a quarter is recycled (estimated at 33% in years ending 2008/09). Around 70% of the region’s waste is sent to landfill, and tough EU and government targets are designed to reduce this figure, with landfill tax currently at a rate of £40 per tonne rising by £8 per year to 2013.

PICTURE CAPTION

The attached picture is a computer-generated image of proposed new household waste recycling centre.

All media enquiries to Jon Flinn on Tel: 0151 709 0505

£5K Grants on offer for green community projects


Local recycling groups are being encouraged to bid for grant funding under a scheme launched by waste officers next week (10th August 2009).

The fund has been made available by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) to encourage and support community and non-for-profit organisations to get involved in small, local projects that can help improve the environment. Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Applications forms are available from www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling 0151 255 1444.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “This funding scheme has been running for a couple of years now and we always attract some fantastic ideas and applications in – its great to see there are many people and groups out there who are involved in making the environment a better place for us all.”

The funding is part of MWDA’s Waste Awareness and Education Programme for Community Groups on Merseyside.

Successful projects must aim to reduce the amount of waste generated and sent to landfill; increase the re-use of materials; increase recycling or address carbon benefits.

This funding is for new projects that have not been supported by the Authority in previous years.

You can apply for an award under the Project Fund for Community Organisations 2009/10 if you are a:

Community or voluntary organisation
• Small to medium sized enterprise;
• Not for profit organisation
• Charity
• Parish or town council
• Youth group or
• Uniformed organisation.
Previous projects supported by the fund include equipment for testing re-used electrical items; community art projects using recycled materials and Community events that raise awareness to sustainable waste management issues. Priority will be given to applications demonstrating new and innovative approaches to sustainable waste related projects.

Councillor Kevin Cluskey, Chairperson of MWDA, said: “If a group has an idea which they think can reduce waste or improve how we handle waste products then we would encourage them to apply for funding.”

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Notes to Editor:

1. Organisations wishing to apply to the MWDA Community Fund, should contact:
Waste Project Fund, Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, 6th Floor North House, 17 North John Street, Liverpool, L2 5QY, Tel: 0151 255 1444, or email enquiries@merseysidewda.gov.uk. Application forms are also available to download on www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

Applications are only accepted via the application form provided by MWDA and will be subject to evaluation by MWDA. Completed applications must be returned to MWDA by Friday 25th September 2009.

2. Successful applicants will:

• Have a recognised legal and constitutional status. Compliance (by organisations that hold charitable status) with the accounting framework for charities and appropriate guidance for the Charity Commission
• Be financially viable; and
• Have clear management structures which adhere to recognised principles

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Summer Time Brings Longer Hours For Recycling Centres


All 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) on Merseyside are switching to longer summer opening hours this week.

From Wednesday 1 April the Centres will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm* – three hours longer than the current winter service.

The 14 HWRCs are currently operated by Mersey Waste Holdings Limited on behalf of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA).

Householders can use the Centres to recycle almost everything – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA, said: “The Recycling Centres are an excellent resource for people across Merseyside to do their bit and help tackle the region’s waste mountain.”

MWDA is also urging people to re-use items before throwing them away.

Under strict government targets Merseyside could be paying up to an additional £30m every year if it does not reduce the amount waste it sends to landfill over the coming years.

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Notes to editors:

From April 1st until September 30th 2009 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm. The Centres can be located at:

Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 6JE
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Huyton – Ellis Ashton Street, Huyton Industrial Estate – L36 6BJ
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR
Rainford* – Southerns Lane – WA11 8EY
Rainhill* – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

*NB. Rainhill: Open 9.00am–6.00pm on Saturdays; 9.00am–3.00pm on Sundays
Rainford: Open 8.00am–6.00pm on Saturdays; 8.00am–3.00pm on Sundays