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50% recycling target set for Merseyside (15 Oct)

Merseyside and Halton homes will be recycling 50% of all the waste they produce under a bold new plan to transform the region’s waste disposal performance by 2020.

The new recycling targets are unveiled in RESOURCES Merseyside, a new blueprint for Merseyside to improve local authority waste management and address some of the major resource challenges in the region.

The RESOURCES Merseyside strategy, launched this week, sets clear targets for improving the region’s recycling record, mapping out options to boost the region’s current 37.1% recycling rate to 50% by 2020 and help Merseyside councils and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) meet tough environmental and resource management challenges on waste prevention, recycling, landfill and carbon impacts.

Key targets outlined in RESOURCES Merseyside, the region’s new Joint Recycling and Waste Management Strategy, include:

– Recycling 50% of Merseyside’s household waste by 2020
– Reducing the total amount of waste produced per household on Merseyside from 1.30 tonnes to 1.18 tonnes per household per year by 2030
– Reducing the amount of local authority collected municipal waste landfilled.
– Reducing the carbon emissions from municipal waste management services

Merseyside residents and communities have played a key role in the development of the new document with more than 3,000 residents contributing via doorstep surveys, focus groups, roadshows and the ‘Don’t Waste Your Say’ campaign during 2011.

‘RESOURCES Merseyside’ provides flexible but practical solutions that allow district councils and the Authority to decide the best collection and recycling systems for them, and implement the changes they can afford to make in these challenging economic times. Some of the areas that partners could consider to achieve the Strategy targets are:

– Joint Working – Which could include joint collection contracts, shared collection services, joint communications, education and awareness and governance.
– Frequency of Waste Collections – Local councils to consider the best local system for the collection of refuse and recyclables. Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral districts have implemented changes to the frequency of their household waste collections.
– Food Waste collections plus treatment: Consider introducing separate collections for food waste. Knowsley and Sefton have introduced opt in food waste collection schemes.

Cllr Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “Decisions will be entirely for individual District Councils to make on what they feel will best achieve their needs based on their own performance, resources and local circumstances.

But by working together to produce this Strategy– councils and the Authority have produced a way forward for the region that goes well beyond the management of waste. By looking at waste as a resources and having a value we can begin to change our attitude and behaviour as to what we buy and throw away.”

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chief Executive, Carl Beer, said: “What we must all understand is that – however we do it – we have got to do more to change our behaviour where waste is concerned. Only then can we start to address critical environmental issues such as carbon reduction and landfill.”

The ‘RESOURCES Merseyside’ Strategy and supporting documents can be downloaded at: or to request a paper copy please contact: Tel: 0151 255 2526 or


Note to Editors

(i) ‘RESOURCES Merseyside’ is the new Joint Recycling and Waste Management Strategy which provides a range of options and targets for waste prevention, recycling and resource recovery as part of a revised blueprint for sustainable resource management for the region as a whole

(ii) The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral Councils and MRWA who have the responsibility for managing municipal waste across the Liverpool City Region. Halton Borough Council has a separate but aligned Municipal Waste Management Strategy. The Partnership Annual Report is available from

(iii) The waste reduction target equates to an 8% reduction in household waste arisings over the next 20 years and takes into account increased growth in the number of households and population on Merseyside during that period.

(iv) The recycling rate for the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership in 2011/12 was 37.1%.

(v) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) are 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 resource management including re-use, recycling, waste prevention and safe and effective and sustainable disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents.

For media inquiries contact Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505.