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Waste Authority cuts council tax bills – 14 Feb 2012

Councils across Merseyside will be paying a total of £2.5million less for their waste disposal services next year thanks to efficiency savings made by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

The savings amount to an average 3.7% cut in the levy which the authority charges the five councils and means they will now pay a total of £65 million a year for the service.

Cllr Joe DeAsha, Chair of the MRWA, said: “Our priority is to deliver value for money and do everything we can to support the councils who fund us without compromising on the facilities or services we provide.

“We’ve managed to do that with a thorough and detailed efficiency programme across the Authority and its contractors which has enabled us to save 3.7% and maintain the right level of service.”

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA said: “The Authority has worked hard over the past few months to identify and deliver these reductions, and I’d like to thank all MRWA staff for all their efforts and help in achieving these. We hope to continue to find efficiencies and savings in the years to come that can help all of our partners.”

ENDS

Editors Notes

(i) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority: Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

(ii) The Waste Levy: The function and operation of MRWA is funded by way of a levy on each of the Merseyside District Councils which is apportioned on a waste tonnage basis – this is known as the Waste Levy.

For further information contact Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505 or jon@dhacommunications.co.uk