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Managing waste and recycling while at home (1 April 2020)

With the government advising many of us to stay at home it might be an idea to try and manage the amount of waste being created in your household. We’ve put together a list of tips, advice and ideas that might help keep your bin from over-flowing.

· Our Recycling Centres are closed at the minute so maybe now isn’t the time for major DIY or big home improvements. Please try and keep your household waste down to a minimum and maybe put off those big projects for the time being.

· Similarly, please keep any bulky household waste that needs to go to one of our Recycling Centres safe, dry and secure for when we reopen.

· Please keep electrical items out of any of your bins at home – hang onto them until we reopen!

· Noticed an item of clothing has a hole in? Can you repair it? Have a look online for video guides on how to repair clothes – and you might learn a new skill!

· All textiles can be recycled so please put them aside until you can take them to a donation point OR reuse old fabrics as cloths to use instead of disposable wipes· If you need to go food shopping don’t forget to bring your own reusable bags.

· We all need to make sure we aren’t wasting any food so remember to store food correctly – read the label if you aren’t sure. Use your fridge and freezer and use up leftovers where you can. For more food ideas take a look at www.lovefoodhatewaste.com.

· We still want your household recycling – but when putting it in your bin remember to leave it loose, don’t bag the items. If you aren’t sure visit www.recycleright.org.uk.

· Kids looking to do something creative? Check out the ideas on this website to make toys out of recycled materials – https://www.rubbishplease.co.uk/blog/21-coolest-kids-toys-can-make-recycled-materials-part-2/

· If you can compost grass cuttings and hedge trimmings please do so, and if you can’t do that then keep your garden waste until we reopen. Want a home composter? Visit www.getcomposting.com for great deals.

· Please don’t leave any waste outside the Recycling Centres! Leaving waste outside the Recycling Centres or anywhere else is classed as fly tipping and is a criminal offence for which people could be prosecuted.

· Regularly check your local council’s website for updates on changes to collections where you live.

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 Coronavirus update – Monday 30th March 2020

Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority

 Coronavirus update – Monday 30th March 2020

  • All Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres remain closed until further notice.
  • Visits to Household Waste Recycling Centres are not one of the four reasons given for leaving your home.

Statement from the Chief Executive Carl Beer:

“Our sites remain closed for the time being. We are keeping an eye on government advice, talking to our contractor Veolia and working with our district council partners. Like all sectors across UK industry it’s a developing situation that has to be evaluated day-to-day.

 “The government has instructed members of the public to stay at home. We would ask residents to be sensible about their waste production and to please minimise waste as much as possible, home compost what food and garden waste you can and don’t put out waste for collection that can sensibly be stored at home for the time being.

 “Some members of the public are asking why have we closed the Recycling Centres – why can’t we operate a limited access system or reduced hours etc. We didn’t want to have to close them, but the fact is we have to take into consideration the health and safety of both employees and site visitors, including staffing levels and physical distancing.

 “With the exception of St Helens Council, household recycling and general waste collections continue as normal across Merseyside and we are working with our partners at the Merseyside district councils to enable these to continue. We would advise you to check information or updates given by your local council for details of any impact to collection services.

“Like everyone we’re hoping things return to normal as soon as possible. At the moment the single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is for everyone to pull together, follow government advice and stay at home in order to protect the NHS and safeguard lives.”

Please read the full guidance on staying home and away from others here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Coronavirus notice – Recycling Centres CLOSED (Tues 24th March 2020)

Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres CLOSED

The instructions from the Prime Minister are clear. Visits to Household Waste Recycling Centres are not one of the four reasons given for leaving your home.

All Household Waste Recycling Centres across Merseyside are closed with immediate effect and until further notice. 

Chairperson of the Authority, Cllr Tony Concepcion, and Chief Executive Carl Beer said:

“All the Household Waste Recycling Centres will be closed for the foreseeable future – do not make a journey to any of our Centres as you will be turned away.

“We’ve made this decision to protect residents, staff at the sites, and the wider public.

“We of course apologise for the inconvenience this may cause residents but we would ask that everyone follows the Government’s strict instructions at this time and not make any non-essential journeys and undertake non-essential activities.  We are working with our District Councils partners in order to maintain kerbside waste collection services, and will provide further updates with them on this in the coming hours and days.”

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Recycling Centres Christmas and New Year opening hours

Our Household Waste and Recycling Centres will be closed for just three days over the festive period-

Christmas Day
Boxing Day
New Year’s Day.

Any materials tipped outside the gates will be treated as fly tipping, which can result in a fine or even a 12 month sentence. So please, don’t tip outside the gate, just wait!

We’ll be back open from the 27th Dec – 31st Dec for any Christmas clear-outs you had planned before the start of the New Year. We’ll then be open as normal from the 2nd January.

Happy holidays!

Let’s Get Cooking launches first community fridge on Merseyside (16th Dec 2019)

The British Dietetic Association’s Let’s Get Cooking initiative has launched its first community fridge at the New Brighton Baptist Church in Wallasey.

Local people will be able to contribute left over or excess fruit, veg and other food which will be free for anyone to take.

The new facility has been set up as part of the wider ‘Let’s Get Saving in Merseyside’ project which is designed to help Merseysiders reduce their food waste. Let’s Get Saving has been funded thanks to a £25,000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) & Veolia Community Fund.

The new fridge will form a part of environmental charity Hubbub’s growing national network, which they have committed to doubling by the end of 2020. The fridges are maintained by local communities and each save on average half a tonne of food per month.

Let’s Get Cooking Project Manager Suzanne Mitchell said: “This is a great new resource that will help the local community reduce their food waste, and help those in need access fresh and healthy food. BDA is actively campaigning on reduce food waste as part of our One Blue Dot initiative and have called on all major parties to take urgent action to end food poverty and hunger.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “Analysis shows around a third of a Merseyside household bin is made up of food waste so it’s a big issue with significant environmental impact. Aside from the waste issue householders could also save themselves money by checking their cupboards, using a shopping list and buying only what they need. Shopping smarter a family of four could save up to £70 a month.”

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For more information / interview requests, please contact the BDA Press Office on: 0800 048 1714

Notes to the Editor:

  • Let’s Get Cooking is a hands-on programme teaching everyone about food and how to cook healthy meals from scratch. We work with commissioners, schools, parents, companies and communities to support their vision to improve health through food and cooking. LGC is owned by the British Dietetic Association.
  • The British Dietetic Association (BDA), founded in 1936, is the professional association and trade union for dietitians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It is the nation’s largest organisation of food and nutrition professionals with over 9,500 members.
  • 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.
  • The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2019/20 has seen 11 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.
  • bda.uk.com
  • @BDAGetCooking
  • @BDA_Dietitians

Bidston Recycling Centre to reopen after temporary closure

The popular Bidston Recycling Centre, located on Wallasey Bridge Road is reopening on Saturday 14th December at 8.00am after its temporary closure to undergo essential maintenance works, and the introduction of a range of new traffic management measures. 

The site, which is provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, and operated by resource management company Veolia has been closed for the past two weeks. This has enabled a range of alterations to the site including changes to access to the site for vans and commercial vehicles via a new barrier system and a stop and check point on the entrance to the Centre.

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive, said: “We’d like to thank residents for their patience while the Centre has been closed. We’ve taken this opportunity to thoroughly check all aspects of the site, undertake any repairs, repaint, and review signage – and to install some new traffic measures at the entrance to the site that will ensure that the site adheres to the high standard required of a public facility.”

For more information on any of the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Merseyside go to: https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-recycling/household-waste-recycling-centres-hwrcs/

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Old Swan Reuse Shop temporary closure (22nd Nov 2019)

Old Swan Reuse Shop is currently closed temporarily to carry out improvements to the interior of the shop.

We expect the shop to reopen on Monday 25th November.

A further short closure may take place during the week commencing 25th November, please check back here for more information.

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New campaign encouraging clothes and textiles reuse

A new campaign has been launched to help prevent thousands of tonnes of clothes and textiles going to waste.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) is targeting these materials as *research shows that around 18,000 tonnes of textiles goes into people’s bins each year in the Liverpool City Region.

The initiative is part of MRWA’s Recycle Right campaign which was launched in 2018 to help tackle issues around recycling – namely unwanted materials being put into recycling bins. A website (www.recycleright.org.uk) was launched, alongside new social media platforms, public roadshows, a leaflet for householders and ongoing messages through local advertising.

The new campaign wants to provide residents with ideas for giving items a new lease of life and to help people be aware of all their options. For instance, can an item be repaired, refashioned or repurposed? If it is no longer needed then donate it to charity, give it to a friend or family member, or sell it online. And if a new item must be bought then buy something which is better quality, easy to care for and made to last.

Figures by WRAP show that in the UK around 300,000 tonnes of unwanted clothing is thrown away each year. Locally, textiles put into kerbside recycling bins can be difficult to recover through the sorting process which is geared towards separating cans, glass jars and bottles, paper, cardboard, and plastic bottles.

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “It’s a simple message to residents – please keep clothes and textiles out of your bin. Use recycling bring banks, charity shops, charitable door to door collections, reuse them, give them away or even sell them to someone who wants them.”

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “There is a problem with high quantities of textiles such as clothes, curtains and bedding being placed in recycling and household waste bins.

“We don’t want textiles in recycling bins with other recyclable items such as bottles and paper because they disrupt the sorting and separating machinery. Furthermore, we don’t want textiles in household waste bins because that is just a waste of material resources which could be used again.”

The new campaign will see posters put up at Liverpool’s main city centre train stations (Lime Street, Central, Moorfields and James Street), adverts in the Metro newspaper, adverts broadcast on Radio City, Greatest Hits Radio and City Talk 105.9, as well as social media messaging.

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram said: “Recycling is one of the major environmental concerns at the moment. I’m pleased that we now have a Liverpool City Region campaign that can really help people to change their recycling behaviour.

“Most local residents try to do the right thing, but with the region’s recycling level at 37.79% there is clearly more we can all do, and the Recycle Right campaign will help give people the information they need to help improve that figure.”

For more information about recycling in the Liverpool City Region visit www.recycleright.org.uk

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Notes for editors:

– *Merseyside and Halton Waste Composition Study 2015/16 – “The potentially reusable materials in the total kerbside waste were predominantly textiles at 3.4% (approx 18,000 tonnes).”

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

Bidston Recycling Centre set for temporary closure (8 Nov 2019)

The popular Bidston Recycling Centre, located on Wallasey Bridge Road is closing for two weeks in November and early December to undergo essential maintenance works and the introduction of a range of new traffic management measures.

The site, which is provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and operated by resource management company Veolia, will close on Friday 29th November at 5.00pm and will re-open on Saturday 14th December at 8.00am.

The closure will enable a range of alterations to the site including changes to access to the site for vans and commercial-type vehicles via a new barrier system and a stop and check point on the entrance way to the Recycling Centre.

The changes will necessitate the closure of the Recycling Centre site to ensure that the health and safety can be maintained and the works to the site are completed in the shortest period of time.

With the site temporarily closed there will be no access to members of the public to the Household Waste Recycling Centre entrance on Wallasey Bridge Road or to the Centre located to the rear of the site.

The main part of the Bidston site will remain open for the delivery of waste and recyclates from Council and operational vehicles to the Waste Transfer Station (WTS) and the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).These vehicles will continue to enter and exit the site through the middle entrance to the site on Wallasey Bridge Road.

Closure of the Recycling Centre facility will mean that residents should use their next nearest or most convenient Recycling Centre. They are:
• Clatterbridge Recycling Centre at Mount Road, CH63 4JZ
• West Kirby Recycling Centre at Greenbank Road, CH48 5HL

There are two other sites that in terms of distance are relatively close but they require a journey through either the Queensway or Kingsway tunnels:

• South Sefton Recycling Centre at Irlam Road, L20 4AE
• Otterspool Recycling Centre at Jericho Lane, L15 5AR

During the course of the closureVeolia will staff the access point to the Recycling Centre on Wallasey Bridge Road to direct any visitors to the West Kirby or Clatterbridge Recycling Centres (or other available sites). Anyone with a Van Permit for Bidston HWRC will be able to visit these two alternative facilities instead – or any of the other 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres across Merseyside.

Cllr Tony Concepcion, MRWA Chairperson, said: “Bidston receives on average 1,500 tonnes of material a month from local residents. Due to this demand on the facility essential maintenance is required to ensure the Recycling Centre remains safe for customers and employees. We’re also taking this opportunity to thoroughly check all aspects of the site, undertake any repairs, repaint, review signage and ensure that the site adheres to the high standard required of a public facility. We would encourage residents to use an alternative Recycling Centre, or hold on until Bidston re-opens.”

Residents using Bidston over the next few weeks will be able to see the closure information on www.merseysidewda.gov.uk, on banners at the site, and an information leaflet which details all of the nearest sites for them to use during the temporary closure.

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Notes for editors

• MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.

• 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.

• Members of the media for more information please contact: Colette Gill, Head of Communications Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk OR John Lally, Marketing and Communications Officer T: 0151 255 2568 John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

New campaign encouraging people to buy only what they need

When it comes to food, are we Spoiled Rotten?

New campaign encouraging people to buy only what they need to reduce the 7.1 million tonnes of food wasted every year in UK homes

 

  • One in four people admit they are poor at judging the right amount of food to buy.
  • In the UK, 20% of the food we buy ends up in the bin, according to research by Love Food Hate Waste.

 

In the Liverpool City Region food and drink makes up two-thirds of what goes in our bins. That wasted food costs money – roughly £230 per person annually in the UK – and the amount of C02 it emits is equal to that generated by 1 in 4 of the cars on our roads. But this doesn’t have to be the case.

We shop without checking what we’ve already got at home. We cook too much pasta because it’s difficult to know how much to make. Our busy lives mean we often leave salads to wilt in their bags, end up chucking out half a loaf of stale bread, and find forgotten punnets of gone-off fruit because we overestimate how much we’ll eat. When it comes to food, we’re spoiled rotten.

That is why Love Food Hate Waste have launched the new Spoiled Rotten campaign which is calling on people to take individual action and spot their food waste traps, from over-buying milk “just in case” to buying a bag of apples when the recipe only needs one or two. Some 30% of people say they don’t check their fridge before they go out to the shops, and nearly half of us forget to check the freezer. Furthermore, only 56% of 18–34-year-olds make a shopping list, and research shows that this group wastes more food than most.

If lists aren’t your thing, why not grab your phone and take a picture of the contents of your fridge – a #FridgeShelfie – before you leave the house? It’s a quick and easy way of remembering what’s in there when you get to the shops. Furthermore, a #shelfie doesn’t have to just mean the fridge! Check the cupboards and freezer before you head out, too.

Other top tips to only buy what you need and waste less:

  • One potato, two potato… ask yourself if you need the whole big bag or if it might be better to pick a few loose ones. Smaller packs are also an option – when it comes to loaves of bread, bigger isn’t always better! Research shows that there is a higher rate of food waste per person in single-person households, so if you’re buying for one try a smaller pack.
  • Get freezer friendly. If your fresh fruit is going off before you can eat it all, try buying frozen instead. It lasts longer and can be whizzed up into a delicious smoothie.
  • Takeout tips. If you’ve been tempted by a takeaway, check what’s in your fridge before you order – you might have something to pop in the freezer to keep it from going off.
  • Visit our Instagram account (@LFHW_UK) on Tuesday 11th June to get some top tips from Masterchef quarter-finalist Imran Nathoo. He’ll be taking over our account for the day to showcase some brilliant ways to buy what you need.

 Jenny Carr from Love Food Hate Waste said: “We enjoy an abundance of food everywhere we go, from farmers’ markets and supermarkets to restaurants and cafes. It’s never been easier to enjoy food. The problem is, that means it’s also never been easier to waste it. UK households produce 70% of the country’s overall food waste – 7.1 million tonnes – which is equal to 3.5 meals per person every week!

“It’s easy to be tempted– we’re only human after all! However, if it’s going to end up in the bin, don’t buy it. By buying what you need, you can save your food from the bin – helping your pocket and our planet.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “The Liverpool City Region is committed to reducing food waste, and we’ve been inspired by the activity that Love Food Hate Waste have been doing to raise awareness about the issue. We’d love to see more people taking action – whether they take a shelfie before they shop, just making a shopping list or buying smaller portions to avoid waste. We throw away the equivalent of three-and-a-half meals per person every week in the UK. This is an opportunity for all of us to make a difference.”

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Notes to editors

The campaign website: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/spoiledrotten.

About the research

About Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW)

Love Food Hate Waste (LFHW) is a campaign from the not-for-profit organisation WRAP. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce the amount of food being thrown away and help citizens take action. It shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things at home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.