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Recycling bag giveaway – 28 March

From Monday 2nd April Merseyside householders will be able to get their hands on free garden waste recycling bags – and £50-worth of vouchers.

The giveaway is being organised by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Environmental Services.

Lasting six months until Sunday September 30th the bags are being given away at the region’s 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs).

To claim a bag, residents will have to drop off a load of green/garden waste at any one of the Recycling Centres, where they’ll receive a stamped voucher. If they drop off another load of green waste at a later date then they can get their voucher stamped a second time and will be entitled to the free bag which can be taken there and then.

Each voucher that has been stamped will also be entered into a monthly prize draw – with the winner receiving £50-worth of DIY/Garden Vouchers.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Our recycling bag giveaways are always really popular with local residents and they encourage people to bring us waste that maybe they normally wouldn’t. Hopefully the extra incentive of the vouchers will mean we get a bumper load of green and garden waste this summer, which will go on to be composted.”

As part of the giveaway and the increase in green waste tonnage it will bring, Veolia will also be donating compost to a local charity. Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside & Halton, said: “The green bag giveaway has been successful in recent years across Merseyside, which has given us an ideal platform to focus on increasing green waste recycling. We look forward to supporting MRWA with the scheme and also hearing the positive responses from our site users.”

In addition to the bag giveaway, Merseyside residents will have the opportunity to recycle more from Sunday 1st April as the region’s Recycling Centres open for an extra three hours every day.

The 14 Centres will be switching to their summer opening hours, meaning they’ll be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*, seven days a week. The Centres accept all sorts of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, furniture, soil, timber, electrical items and white goods, plus much more.

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

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Note to editors:

The bags are only available while stocks last.

From April 1st until September 30th 2012 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 – C