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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.



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



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.

Liverpool City Region hosts waste and resources European conference

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) last week welcomed waste management experts from the UK and Europe for a conference about the future of global resource management.

Delegates came to debate cutting-edge research into waste and resources during a two-day General Assembly of the European Commission’s WASTECOSMART project, which spans seven countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden.

Each country partner has its own three-member ‘cluster’ of academic, business and public authority. The UK Liverpool City Region cluster is made up of the University of Central Lancashire (Centre for Waste Management), C-Tech Innovation Ltd and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

The meeting, which was organised by MRWA, saw the partners each present and share work, research and best practice from their own regions and areas of expertise.

Acknowledging the importance of information exchange across European region, Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “It’s very important to pool our knowledge with people from outside our normal boundaries. Some partners will be similar in approach, some will be different, and we’re all at various levels of where we want to be, but one thing we do have in common is that we can all learn from each other, both the successes and the failures.”

Established in 2013, the WASTECOSMART project is funded by the European Union’s Regions of Knowledge programme, and is looking for its partners to collaborate and invest more in sustainable growth with an emphasis on reduction of waste, innovative waste management and resource efficiency.

It is aligned with the EU Waste Framework Directive that established a five step waste hierarchy, which outlines prevention as the most preferred option, followed by re-use/recycling, recovery, and finally disposal. Focus is given to modern manufacturing methods, eco-design, the reduction of packaging and collaboration with industry, the third sector and consumers.

In this context, the WASTECOSMART partners are developing and testing a Decision Support Framework for Waste Management that will help regional policy makers and practitioners make informed decisions regarding their waste management strategy. It will see a toolkit created which can be shared across Europe to help partners overcome their own waste challenges.

The trip also gave the opportunity to show off the Merseyside’s own waste management assets and examples of good practice, such as the Gillmoss Materials Recycling Facility and the award-winning recycling and re-use social enterprise Bulky Bob’s.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome our European partners to the region. We can learn a lot from their experiences, as they can from us. It was certainly an eye opener to have all of these countries in one room at the same time!”


Notes to editors:

The attached photographs show delegates at the summit at MRWA offices in Liverpool.

WASTECOSMART stands for Optimisation of Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategies for the Maximisation of Resource Efficiency (

For the project, six research-driven triple helix clusters (science, industry and public sector) have been formed in Paphos (CY), Central Hungary, Piedmont (IT), Amsterdam (NL), Stockholm (SE) and Liverpool City Region (UK), complemented by waste and communication firm Greenovate (BE). WASTECOSMART also collaborates with international partners from Brazil, Mexico and India to promote international collaboration and opportunities in waste management.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (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.

C-Tech Innovation ( is an innovation management and technology development consultancy, with an international reputation in the areas of resource efficiency and business sustainability. Working one-to-one with clients we provide end-to-end tailored support allowing organisations to realise commercial success through technologies, products and services with genuine sustainability credentials.

Media contact:

John Lally
PR and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct telephone: 0151 255 2568
General telephone: 0151 255 1444

£180,000 windfall for Community fund projects to target waste prevention

More than a dozen community projects that are working to cut food waste, and recycle or reuse everything from textiles to furniture have been selected to spearhead a £180,000 initiative across Merseyside and Halton.

The winners of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia 2014 Community Fund have been announced, with six Merseyside-wide schemes each receiving up to £20,000 to put their ideas in to action.

The six Merseyside and Halton wide projects are:

Faiths4Change’s innovative Sew Many Trees project have been awarded £19,980 and will work with 24 community groups across the region to develop sewing skills and encourage reuse and repair of clothes and textiles helping to divert textiles from landfill. One key part of the project will be to create a ‘textile forest’ of decorative trees that will form part of a public artwork.

Community Action Wirral’s Donate and Create Change project have been awarded £19,980 and will give local groups who would not normally be able to afford to rent retail space to have their own ‘charity shop for a week’. The initiative will help a range of groups to raise funds by selling pre-loved goods and ensure that resources are recycled and reused.

Emmaus Merseyside’s Recycling Superstore have been awarded £14,500 to support their newly opened ‘Superstore’ in Seaforth that actively works with homeless people and gets them involved in recycling and reusing unwanted goods which are then sold to the public. The new facility is multi-functional and provides both accommodation and support services. The Community Fund grant will be used to encourage members of the public to get involved by volunteering, donating goods and becoming Superstore customers.

Neighbourhood Services Co. have been awarded £18,618 for a project, based at Larkin’s Farm in Croxteth. The grant will help the project create a new environmentally friendly education facility reusing waste wood and will also offer school visits to Farm. The funding will also help develop existing projects involving people with special educational needs in practical recycling/reusing activities like making bird boxes.

Bulky Bob’s Fresh Start project which has been awarded £20,000, builds on the success of its existing support work with agencies and charities across Merseyside and Halton such as PSS, Salvation Army and the YMCA. The Fresh Start project provides furniture for referred people and families in critical need.

Children’s Food Trust Mersey Waste Munchers which has been awarded £19,610, will be building on its successful cooking project with school and community groups across the region. The project will help set up 15 new Mersey Waste Muncher cooking clubs that provide classes and hands on cooking experience on heathy eating and reducing food waste.

A further eight local, district-based projects will also share an additional £67,000.

MRWA Chairperson, Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Community Fund is about reducing and preventing the amount of household waste we all produce but, in supporting these groups, will this year directly support whole communities and help everyone, from homeless people to vulnerable families, as well.”

MRWA Chief Executive Carl Beer said: “This year’s Fund will help some fantastic projects and make a real difference to the waste disposal habits of Merseyside homes.”


Have your say about waste and recycling at the new Sefton Community Forums!

Veolia and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) have announced new Sefton Community Forums for waste and recycling and they want to hear from you!

New Community Forums are being established across Merseyside and Halton to help improve services, solve issues and problems and plan for future developments. The North Sefton Community Forum will be held at Southport Town Hall on 3rd September 2014, Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm. The South Sefton Forum will be held on 8th October 2014 at Park Hotel, Dunningsbridge Rd 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm.

The new Community Forums will tell residents more about new developments and improvements to sites and services, as well as a chance to have your say and have your questions answered on waste and recycling in Sefton.

Veolia and MRWA provide recycling and waste services to more than 650,000 households across Merseyside and Halton, operating facilities including, 15 Household Waste and Recycling Centres, 4 Waste Transfer Stations and 2 Materials Recovery Facilities. The Community Forums will be focused on these key areas and will be open and free for anyone to attend.

Cllr Graham Morgan, MRWA Chairperson said: “We’re pleased to be establishing Community Forums across Merseyside and Halton so that residents can have their say on the services we deliver.”

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive said: “By listening to our customers and local residents we can understand what they need from our services.”

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia in Merseyside and Halton, said: “We are urging residents to attend their local Community Forum to find out more about our operations and we invite people to have their say so we can ensure we are providing the best service to residents in Merseyside and Halton.”

SEFTON FORUMS: North Sefton Community Forum: 3rd September 2014, Time: 3.00 pm-5.00 pm at Southport Town Hall, Lord Street, Southport, PR8 1DA. South Sefton Forum: 8th October 2014, Time: 3.00pm-5.00pm at Park Hotel, Dunningsbridge Road, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 6YN.

Community Forums will be taking place in each district of Merseyside and Halton throughout September and October for a full list and more information visit: