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Recycle this Christmas (20 Dec 2012)

Local waste officers are asking people to recycle as much as possible this Christmas and New Year.

Tonnes of rubbish can tend to be generated at this time of the year, so Merseyside householders are being asked to remember to recycle their cans, bottles, cardboard and real Christmas trees after the festive period.
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) is reminding local people that the region’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) are open most days, where all sorts of leftovers can be recycled for free.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “A lot of waste is created at this time of the year so it’s a good chance to boost Merseyside’s recycling levels. Our Recycling Centres will happily accept the clutter of people’s packaging, bottles, cans and even Christmas trees.”

Merseyside’s 14 HWRCs are operated by Veolia Environmental Services. They are open every day of the year – except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day – from 8.00am until 5.00pm during winter*. Many items can be deposited, with the majority accepting cans, cardboard, garden waste, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, timber, tyres and white goods. All the Centres accept electrical items.

Here are some tips for a cleaner Christmas:

– Try and separate your waste before visiting your local Recycling Centre. This way you’ll be able to deposit things more easily and help reduce queues at sites.

– Flatten cardboard boxes before adding them to a recycling container – it will take up less room.

– Remove any plastic wrapping and polystyrene before placing cardboard boxes into the correct container. Unfortunately we can’t recycle your plastic gift wrapping.

– Please don’t bring us plastic bags – try to reuse them as much as possible and next time you go shopping why not buy a bag-for-life?

– Bring us your cans – people use an extra 500 million drinks cans during the festive period, which are all recyclable!

– After Christmas you can bring your real Christmas trees to our Recycling Centres where they’ll be shredded and turned into chippings for compost.

– Why not make a New Year’s resolution to recycle more often?

Note to Editors

Rainford – Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm / Sunday 9.00am to 3.00pm
Rainhill – Saturday 9.00am to 6.00pm / Sunday 9.00am to 3.00pm

The attached photograph shows Sefton Meadows HWRC in Maghull.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal 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’s residents.


Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge CH63 6JE
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby L37 8EG
Huyton – Wilson Road, Huyton L36 6AD
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park L33 3AR
Newton-le-Willow – 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