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Partnership reviews successful year (28 Aug 2012)

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership releases their Annual Report for 2011/12 this week, which explains more about the Partnership and the work it undertook during the past year.

The Merseyside authorities together with Halton form the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership (MHWP) which consists of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) and Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral Councils.

The report can be found at the bottom of this page, and highlights the great work achieved by residents and waste teams alike including:
• An increase in Merseyside and Halton’s overall recycling rate
• A reduction in carbon emissions from 87,332 tonnes to 71,122 tonnes by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill
• Progress in delivering energy recovery for non-recycled waste
• Information on the types of products made from the materials that residents have recycled

Neil Ferris, Chair of the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership Working Group for this year said: “This Annual Report is a great way in which residents can learn more about the many different waste projects happening across the Merseyside and Halton area, and is also testament to the fantastic efforts our residents have shown this year."

Some of this year’s achievements by partner authorities include:

• 28,455 households signed up to the Mail Preference Services reducing levels of junk mail by approximately 4kg per person
• A new Materials Recovery Facility at Gillmoss in Liverpool
• Nearly 4,000 visitors to the Recycling Discovery Centres at Gillmoss and Bidston
• A ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ campaign to reduce food waste going to landfill
• A new waste prevention programme for schools at the Southport Eco Centre

Neil continues: “None of the achievements would have been possible without every person taking the time to participate whether that be recycling more, using less, or attending an event. All of these efforts are making a big difference and we thank everyone for their continued support."

For the next few years, the Partnership has some ambitious targets:
• Working towards a 50% recycling rate by 2020
• Continuing to reduce the carbon impacts of waste management
• Maximising waste prevention
• Maximise landfill diversion/recovery or residual waste
• Raising awareness and promoting behavioural change
• Encouraging sustainable economic activity associated with waste management

Neil concludes: "This report shows how much we have achieved in the past year and what we are planning for the future.

By working in partnership, all of the Councils and MRWA are helping residents and organisations across Merseyside and Halton to be more resource-aware.”

Download a copy of the Annual Report here (PDF – 2MB)

ENDS

Editors Notes:
(i) The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is a strategic partnership of the district Councils and Merseyside and Recycling and Waste Authority.

(ii) The Annual Report 2011/12 covers the period April 2011 – March 2012.

Media contact: Colette Gill, Senior PR and Communications Officer, Merseyside Recycling and Authority, Tel: 0151 255 25227 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk