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Old Swan groundbreak marks start on new Liverpool Recycling Centre (20 March 2015)

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) has broken ground at its new £1.4 million new Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Liverpool, which is likely to open in October 2015.

The 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 – currently 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.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’re very excited to get started on construction works. This will be a modern, efficient and well laid out waste recycling facility. The Old Swan Recycling Centre is a badly needed 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.

Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins from Liverpool City Council, and a member of MWRA, said: “Residents will warmly welcome the start on site of the new Centre. Having another Recycling Centre in Liverpool has been much needed and the new facility will help boost our recycling rates.”

When open the Recycling Centre will be managed by MRWA’s contractor Veolia.

Councillor Steve Munby, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “As a city we are still sending too much recyclable material to landfill sites but the new Centre will make it easier for many residents who find it inconvenient to use the Otterspool Centre to recycle and is a big step forward.”

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Notes for editors

1. PICTURES: MRWA_OldSwan_2015 – Carl Beer (MRWA Chief Executive), Cllr Tony Concepcion (Liverpool City Council and MRWA member), Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins (Liverpool City Council and MRWA member), Cllr Graham Morgan (MRWA Chairperson), and Tony Byers (MRWA Assistant Waste Facilities Manager) at the site of the new Recycling Centre in Old Swan, Liverpool. MRWA_OldSwan_2015 – Tony Concepcion, Graham Morgan, Laura Robertson-Collins
2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
3. 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.
4. Find out more at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk  www.twitter.com/MerseysideRWA  and www.facebook.com/MerseysideRWA