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Merseyside throws open its doors – 25 Mar 2010

Keen recyclers will have the opportunity to do even more from Thursday, 1st April as Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres open an extra three hours every day.

The 14 Recycling Centres, which are operated by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA), will be switching to their summer opening hours, meaning they’ll be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm, seven days a week*.

The Recycling Centres are situated throughout the region, and accept all sorts of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, furniture, timber and white goods, plus much more.

Carl Beer, Director at MWDA, said: “With the longer hours and lighter nights people will be able to make further use of these great community amenities.”

Alex Paterson, General Manager at Veolia Environmental Services, which manages the Centres day-to-day, said: “The longer operating hours and brighter evenings provide the perfect opportunity for householders to bring their waste to us. The standard office hours of nine to five means people are forced to wait until the weekend to bring in material. These opening hours will hopefully encourage people to make the trip to site through the week and let people enjoy their weekend break.”

Latest MWDA figures show that recycling on Merseyside is currently at 36.3%**.

Further details about Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres can be found at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling MWDA on 0151 255 1444.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

The attached picture shows Otterspool HWRC in Liverpool.

From 1st April until 30th September 2010 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm. The Centres can be found 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 9.00am–6.00pm on Saturdays; 9.00am–3.00pm on Sundays

**based on NI192 second quarter figures (July 2009 – September 2009). NI 192 shows all of Merseyside’s household waste recycled, composted and reused as a percentage against the total household waste.