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Mayor opens new Liverpool Recycling Centre in Old Swan (21 Dec 2015)

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, and Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), have today (21st December 2015) cut the ribbon on a new £1.4 million new Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Liverpool.

The New Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) off Cheadle Avenue in Old Swan will provide badly needed facilities for the north of the city and relieve pressure on the Otterspool site in Aigburth – which was the only HWRC within the Liverpool City Council boundary.

Members of the public will be able to use the Recycling Centre to bring all sorts of household items from paper, cardboard and bottles, to larger items such as white goods, televisions and furniture, plus lots more beside.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “This is a facility which has been needed for a long time and will be particularly welcomed by those people who find it difficult to travel to Otterspool, the only alternative site in the city. We have a 55% target for recycling of our waste and the new Centre will play a significant role in helping us achieve that, creating a cleaner and greener city for all.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work with our partners in Liverpool City Council to deliver this much needed Centre, and we are excited to be opening the site to the public today. This is a modern, efficient and well laid out waste recycling facility, and is good news for residents in the north of the city because they will now have a much shorter drive to recycle their unwanted items.”

The new Recycling Centre will handle up to 15,000-tonnes of recyclable material each year and provide a greater range of recycling containers and a canopy to shield visitors from bad weather. When open the Recycling Centre will be managed by MRWA’s contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

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Notes for Editors:

1. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.

2. Merseyside Recycling and Waste 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 residents.

3. Find out more at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk www.twitter.com/MerseysideRWA and www.facebook.com/MerseysideRWA

Merseyside partners come together to make ‘recycling their business’ (8 July 2014)

With more than 200 tonnes of litter bin waste produced by residents and visitors to the city in the average month, Merseyside waste and recycling partners have come together to recycle street litter bin waste.

Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and their contractors Amey and Veolia will be introducing extra hi-visibility bins at high traffic areas throughout Liverpool during a busy season of events.

The litter bin waste collected currently collected across the City in the most part is recyclable. Previously destined for landfill – recyclable items such as cans, paper, cardboard, plastic and glass bottles – are now sorted and extracted out, so that the valuable recyclable materials can be reprocessed.

It’s estimated that more than 50% of the litter and street waste collected in Liverpool is now recycled.

Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Neighbourhoods Select Committee said:We need to increase our recycling rate using all means possible whether it is through waste produced in households or litter deposited in bins in the streets. These new bins are a way we will collect more recyclables and reduce the amount of rubbish which ends up buried in landfill.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “This is a really important time for the city, and the region as a whole, with the eyes of the world looking at how we do business.  By something as simple as increasing the amount of litter bins and recycling, we can ensure that our region impresses at every level.”

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Picture Caption:

Mike Jarvis – Amey, and Ken Ross – Neighbourhood Action Team, Liverpool City Council with Carl Beer – Chief Executive, Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins – Chair of Liverpool City Council’s Neighbourhoods Select Committee help launch the new events bins for Liverpool

Media contact: Colette Gill Tel: 0151 255 2527

Email: colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk