Merseyside residents - you can recycle more than you know!

Merseyside waste officers have launched a campaign to help boost the region’s recycling rate by up to 40,000 tonnes.

Merseyside waste officers have launched a campaign to help boost the region’s recycling rate by up to 40,000 tonnes. 

The ‘Little Known Items’ campaign is targeting materials that people may be unaware can be taken to a Recycling Centre, such as takeaway coffee cups, hard plastics, batteries, books, textiles and small electrical appliances.

The initiative is the work of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and resource management company Veolia who are hoping to collect up to 40,000 tonnes of materials for recycling or reuse that might otherwise go to waste.

Information leaflets will be handed out to visitors at all Merseyside’s Recycling Centres over the next month, and banners will be on site promoting the initiative.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “Some of these items may seem small, but remember to take them to the Recycling Centre next time you visit, because they add up. Recycling more of these items would mean we could recover on average an extra 40,000 tonnes of material every year.”

The Recycling Centres, which are open seven days a week, 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 cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, wood, and white goods.

Jeff Sears, Director at Veolia said: “This campaign is highlighting the lesser known items which are not collected as part of household waste recycling collections, so often get thrown away in the residual bin instead. Instead of doing this, take them to a Recycling Centre which accepts items such as takeaway coffee cups, clothes, plastic toys and garden furniture, CD and DVD plastic covers and electrical items.”

For instance, although they are made largely of paper, takeaway coffee cups are lined with plastic polyethylene, which is tightly bonded to the paper making the cups waterproof and therefore able to contain liquid. This means that they have to be collected in specialist bring banks so they can be processed separately.

Left to right: Carl Beer - Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Jeff Sears - Director at Veolia Merseyside and Halton and Alan Fox - Foreman at Sefton Meadows HWRC.

A Van Permit scheme is in operation at all the Merseyside sites meaning if you are planning to use a van or large trailer then you will need a Permit. Permits can be obtained free of charge by calling 0151 236 0305 or visiting

The Recycling Centres are open every day of the year, except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

To find out more about what materials are accepted at Recycling Centres please visit

Notes to editors:
From 1st April 2018 until 30th September 2018 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.