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Final chance for your say – 23 Aug 2011

Residents now have just two weeks left to have their say on a key document set to shape the way Merseyside manages its municipal waste over the next 30 years.

Consultation on a strategy to consider a range of targets and options designed to help Merseyside councils and Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority ends on August 26th.

The draft proposals promote ways which will help residents to increase recycling and prevent waste arising in the first place; maximise the use of waste as a resource whilst reducing carbon impacts and; support the path towards zero waste to landfill.

The targets and options are listed in the draft document, Joint Municipal Waste Management Strategy for Merseyside –‘RESOURCES Merseyside’, and are based on comments already made by all Merseyside district councils and a representative sample of more than 3,000 residents.

The document sets out targets and ideas designed to help Merseyside improve municipal waste management and has been agreed on the basis that district councils will decide the best collection system for their area and identified a menu of Options which have been developed as actions for change. These Options include:

Joint Working: Local councils to consider joining forces to deliver services 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. This could be a weekly household collection of materials such as recyclables one week and rubbish that cannot be recycled or composted the next week, or waste that cannot be recycled cab be collected every week . Knowsley, Sefton and Wirral districts have already implemented changes to the frequency of their household waste collections.

Green Waste Charging: Consider charging residents for the garden waste they generate.

Food Waste collections plus treatment: Consider introducing separate collections for food waste. Knowsley and Sefton have introduced opt in food waste collection schemes.

No side waste: Consider a consistent approach across Merseyside regarding collections of any rubbish bags that do not fit inside a householder’s refuse bin.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority Chief Executive Carl Beer 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. However, if you want your say, you have two weeks left to do it!”

Key targets outlined in the draft strategy include:

Recycling 50% of household waste by 2020

Reducing the total amount of waste produced per household on Merseyside to 1.18 tonnes per household per year by 2030 from 1.3 tonnes in 2010 (a reduction of 120kg per household per year).

Reducing the amount of municipal waste landfilled to 10% of that produced in 1995 by 2020 and 2% by 2030.

Reducing the carbon emissions from municipal waste management services

The key points of the new Strategy can be found by logging on to www.dontwasteyoursay.org/strategy-summary-stakeholders. The web page includes a feedback form where residents can leave their comments. Copies of the Strategy can also be obtained by calling: 0151 255 1444 or email: consultresources@merseysidewda.gov.uk. All comments will be read and taken into account before the Strategy is implemented at the s