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Clean up your cardboard!

In partnership with our contractor Veolia we’ve recently launched a campaign to prevent cardboard recycling from going to waste.

We accept cardboard at all 14 of our Household Waste Recycling Centres and it’s one of the most used containers. However, there are two issues that may end up with the material not being recycled:

– Dirty and stained cardboard
– Non-cardboard inserts

Clean cardboard is easily recycled – however, cardboard with stains such as grease, food, paint and dirt cannot be recycled.

Likewise, cardboard boxes full of packing tape, polystyrene, bubble wrap won’t be suitable for recycling.

We don’t want people’s recycling efforts to be wasted. This is why we are asking members of the public to make sure their cardboard is clean, to remove any contents and to flatten boxes before being brought to their Recycling Centre.

Early years settings teach families how to cook healthy food and reduce waste

Nursery and Children’s Centre staff will be helping their children and families to cook and throw away less food thanks to the Mersey Waste Munchers.

20 early years settings from Merseyside and Halton will be taking part in training that teaches essential cooking skills and how to reduce food waste, so they can pass on their knowledge to the children and families they work with.

Mersey Waste Munchers, is run by the Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking experts and funded for a third year by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

Claire Brennan, Health Promotion Worker/Deputy co-ordinator, at Garston Children’s Centre said: “This training will help the families as it will engage them to cook healthily and also understand the key food waste messages so they will minimize the amount of food they waste. They will learn that they can cook healthy food on a budget and save money for their family.”

Commenting on the recent delivery of the training, Maggie Sims, the Children’s Food Trust’s Head of Cookery, said: “We’re thrilled to have had this opportunity to take healthy cooking and waste prevention skills to young children and their families. We know that when children eat better they do better, so it’s never too early to start. Getting little ones excited about different tastes and textures is a brilliant way to get them off to a great start with their diet and create a lifelong healthy relationship with food.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “Improving cookery skills is an important way to help reduce the amount of food thrown away on Merseyside, which costs families on average £700 a year. This is the fourth year we’ve put funding into the Mersey Waste Munchers project as it’s such a practical way to get people thinking about food and waste as a resource to be valued and not something that can just be thrown away.”

Since the first Mersey Waste Munchers projects started in 2014, participants have reported:

• 92% plan meals more efficiently by creating a list before shopping
• 64% chill or freeze leftovers to eat later instead of throwing away
• 70% avoid waste by checking the ‘use-by’ dates on packets and buying foods which aren’t about to go out of date
• 87% of families stated that they feel they have reduced the overall amount of food wasted by their family since their involvement with the project.

In the UK, 4.4 million tonnes of avoidable food and drink is wasted each year, worth £13 billion.

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For media enquiries, please call 07825 304799 or email media@childrensfoodtrust.org.uk

Notes to editors:

The Children’s Food Trust is a national charity on a mission to get every child eating better: at home, in childcare, at school and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @childfoodtrust and like us on Facebook. Registered charity number 1118995. The Trust sadly ceased trading at the end of September 2017.

(i) The MRWA and Veoila Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) 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.
More information at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Twitter: @MerseysideRWA Facebook: MerseysideRWA

MERSEYSIDE RECYCLING CENTRES SWITCH TO SHORTER WINTER HOURS

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are set to switch to their shorter winter opening hours.

From this Sunday 1st October the Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by resource management company Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “We shorten the hours over the winter to coincide with the darker nights over the forthcoming months. Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass bottles and jars, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.”

If you’re planning to visit a Recycling Centre in a van or with a long trailer then you will need a Permit to get in – visit www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or call 0151 236 0305. Alternatively download the Merseyside Recycling app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

From October 1st 2017 until March 31st 2018 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm*. The Centres are located at:

Knowsley –
Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR

Liverpool –
Old Swan – Cheadle Avenue – L13 3AF
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR

Sefton –
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE

St Helens –
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
*Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA

Wirral –
Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 4JZ
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

 

*NB:
Rainhill:
Monday to Friday: Open 8.00am-5.00pm
Saturdays: Open 9.00am-5.00pm
Sundays: Open 9.00am–3.00pm

 

MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

Longer hours for Merseyside Recycling Centres

Merseyside residents will have the opportunity to recycle more from Saturday 1st April as the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres open for an extra three hours every day.

The 14 Recycling Centres, which are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and operated by resource management company Veolia, will be switching to their summer opening hours, meaning they’ll be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*, seven days a week.

The Recycling Centres are situated throughout the region with all 14 available to use for all Merseyside householders. They 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.

A Van Permit scheme is in operation at all the sites meaning if you are planning to use a van or large trailer then you will need a Permit. Permits are free of charge.

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

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Notes to editors:
From 1st April 2017 until 30th September 2017 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm. The Centres can be found at:

Merseyside Household Waste Recycling Centres:

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-Willows – Junction Lane WA12 8DN
Old Swan – Cheadle Avenue – L13 3AF
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth L17 5AR
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

*NB. Rainhill: Open 9.00am–6.00pm on Saturdays; 9.00am–3.00pm on Sundays
MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and provides14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities, which are operated by Veolia.

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres set to switch to winter opening hours

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are set to switch to their shorter winter opening hours.

From this Saturday 1st October the Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass bottles and jars, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more. We shorten the hours over the winter to coincide with the darker nights over the upcoming months.”

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

If you’re planning to visit a Recycling Centre in a van or with a long trailer then you will need a Permit to get in – visit www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or call 0151 236 0305. Alternatively download the Merseyside Recycling app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

From October 1st 2016 until March 31st 2017 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm*. The Centres are located at:

Knowsley –
Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR

Liverpool –
Old Swan – Cheadle Avenue – L13 3AF
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR

Sefton –
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE

St Helens –
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
*Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA

Wirral –
Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 4JZ
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

*NB:
Rainhill:
Monday to Friday: Open 8.00am-5.00pm
Saturdays: Open 9.00am-5.00pm
Sundays: Open 9.00am–3.00pm

MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

Leaving Liverpool Tidy project launches community ‘free’ shop for locals (22 Sept 2016)

A reuse initiative organised by the Liverpool Guild of Students that’s collected more than four tonnes of unwanted kitchen items and other items are inviting local residents and communities to their Free Shop Giveaway Event on the 26th September at the St Brides Church, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm.

All items at the event have been donated by Liverpool University students and local residents across various halls of residence and properties – and were collected by the Guild’s ‘Leaving Liverpool Tidy’ project. The project, funded through Liverpool City Council and the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund is one of ten projects being supported this year with the aim of preventing waste and encouraging re-use.

The Community Free Shop is at St Brides Church, Percy St, Liverpool L8 7LT and will be open on 26th September from 11.00 am to 3.00 pm.

Please note there are no delivery facilities available at the Shop and residents will have to make their own arrangement for collection.

For more information about the project or the Community Free Shop please contact: Lauren Carrington Liverpool Guild of Students Tel: 0151 794 5987 lauren.carrington@liverpool.ac.uk

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Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Media Contact: Colette Gill, Communications and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Community bike shop puts residents on road to work (20 Jan 2015)

A community bicycle organisation in one of Liverpool’s most deprived wards has helped hundreds of residents get on the road to work by repairing and reusing donated bikes and selling them on to local people at bargain prices.

The Onya Bike scheme in Kensington has sold more than 200 bikes – most of them to customers needing cheap transport for work– since it was set up nearly 18 months ago.

The scheme, backed by a £5,000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund, relies on unwanted bikes donated by the public and online auction sites . Bikes are then refurbished and made roadworthy by volunteer cycle mechanics.

Stephen Faragher, director of Kensington Vision CIC, which runs the Holt Road project, said: “We’ve had a great response from local people. We buy some bikes cheap on auction sites but we get about 20 bikes donated every month. We’ve got so many waiting to be fixed up or stripped down, we’ve had to take on extra storage space.
“We sell an average of five or six bikes a week. The vast majority are people who need something to get to work on.”

The shop, which also repairs customers’ own bikes, sells cycles for an average of around £40 each but charges more for some of its more unusual stock.
Mr Faragher said: “Mountain bikes are obviously popular but it’s surprising how many people are interested in folding bikes, and old racers as well. We’ve even got a rickshaw waiting to be prepared for sale and a World War II adults’ tricycle which is ready to go.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “The Community Fund is about encouraging people to re-use and recycle resources. Onya Bike is doing just that and playing a big part in helping people in a very deprived area access employment opportunities and get healthy at the same time.”
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Picture caption: Left to right, MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stevenson, Onya volunteer Frank Maddocks and Kensington Vision CIC director Stephen Faragher inside the bike shop.

Note to editors
1. The MRWA Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) 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.

Media enquiries to Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505

Primary pupils spearhead permaculture revolution (14th Nov 2015)

Primary school pupils hope to spearhead a permaculture revolution by transforming their school garden with re-used car tyres and carpet, and composted kitchen waste.

Youngsters at Legh Vale Primary in Haydock have just received their second prestigious green flag award for their sustainable school garden but are hoping to boost their environmental credentials by creating a permaculture showcase in the grounds from re-used and recycled materials.

Pupils, who have won £4,400 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia’s Community Fund for their latest project, will transform the space re-using tyres for planters and banks, carpets for weed barriers, canteen waste as compost and host of other items which would otherwise end up in landfill.

Legh Vale Primary headteacher Andy Howard said: “We’re in the middle of Haydock but have lovely grounds that we make the most of. We’ve had a sustainable garden since 2012 but wanted to take things further to really encourage recycling and reuse of waste.

“The idea is to use it to promote simple and innovative ideas to a wider local audience so they can find new ways to reduce waste and have fun doing it.”

The school plans to use the permaculture garden for a series of teacher training sessions (led by specialists, Ecolibrium) and other events encouraging local families to recycle and reuse more of their own household waste.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The great thing about the Legh Vale project is that it is not just encouraging the school’s pupils to become more aware of recycling and waste.

“It’s got real potential to help the whole community change the way they treat household waste and so has an invaluable role to play in reducing Merseyside’s reliance on landfill.”

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Images show Legh Vale pupils with headteacher Andy Howard (back, right) and MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stephenson in the school garden.

Note to editors
1. The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia ) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) 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.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO JON FLINN ON 0151 709 0505

Grant nourishes community garden plan (5th October 2015)

A plan to transform a disused St Helens sports field into community allotments has got off to a flying start.

Gardeners at Billinge Community Allotments have taken delivery of a total of 36 water butts after winning funding from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia’s Community Fund.

The delivery means gardeners – who include local residents, three primary schools, disability groups and a scout troop – now have water supplies ‘on tap’ for each plot.

St Helens MBC ward Councillor Dennis McDonnell, founder of Billinge Horticultural Society, said: “The water barrels will collect waste rainwater reducing demand on public water supplies and give each plot its own available supply.

“The growing of crops on the allotments will reduce the demand for food at the supermarkets resulting in tons of food packaging not going to landfill. Communal composting at the site will also reduce gardening waste that would otherwise have had to be collected by St Helens Council.

“With local children due to be educated in Environmental Gardening at the plots it’s a win situation for all of us and a lesson in the importance of re-cycling.”

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia awarded the project £1,800 from its annual community fund as part of its commitment to reducing food waste.

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The community allotments are a fantastic project which will make a difference to hundreds of local people.

“The real benefit for us is that it’s helping reduce food waste by encouraging residents to grow their own fruit and veg and compost any food waste that they do produce.”

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Note to Editors

1.    The MRWA Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.

2.    MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia ) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) 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.

Picture caption

The attached image shows Councillor McDonnell, far left, and MRWA Waste Strategy Policy Officer Glynn Stevenson, far right, with allotment holders on the Billinge site.

Media Enquiries to Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505

Merseyside Recycling Centres switch to shorther winter hours (25 Sept 2015)

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are set to switch to their shorter winter opening hours.

From Thursday 1st October the Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass bottles and jars, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.”

There are 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

Knowsley: Huyton, Kirkby

Liverpool: Otterspool

Sefton: Formby, Sefton Meadows, South Sefton, Southport

St Helens: Newton-le-Willows, Ravenhead, Rainhill

Wirral: Bidston, Clatterbridge, West Kirby

The Centre at South Sefton in Bootle is home to the YMCA Community Re-use Shop. The shop is the first of its kind in Merseyside and accepts used and ‘pre-loved’ items from householders which have been dropped off at the Recycling Centre. Instead of being landfilled or recycled, the donations are cleaned and put up for sale. They include furniture, children’s’ toys, electrical items and tools/bric-a-brac.

If you’re planning to visit a Recycling Centre in a van or with a long trailer then you will need a Permit to get in.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

From October 1st 2015 until March 31st 2016 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm*. The Centres are located at:

Knowsley –

Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR

Liverpool –

Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR

Sefton –

Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE

St Helens –

Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN *Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA

Wirral –

Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 4JZ

West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

*NB:

Rainhill:

Monday to Friday: Open 8.00am-5.00pm

Saturdays: Open 9.00am-5.00pm

Sundays: Open 9.00am–3.00pm

MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 13 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk