Local recycling officers are encouraging green-fingered residents to get in their gardens for a spring-time clean up.
To help, from Saturday 4 April, Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia are giving away 10,000 green waste heavy duty bags at the region’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs):
Knowsley: Huyton, Kirkby
Sefton: Formby, Sefton Meadows, South Sefton, Southport
St Helens: Newton-le-Willows, Ravenhead, Rainhill
Wirral: Bidston, Clatterbridge, West Kirby
To get a bag all that residents need to do is drop off a load of green/garden waste at any one of the Recycling Centres, where they will be entitled to swap it for a free bag which can be taken there and then.
Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Our recycling bag giveaways are always really popular with local residents and they encourage people to bring us waste that maybe they normally wouldn’t. The bags are sturdy, long-lasting sacks which can be used repeatedly, and will save people having to use plastic bin bags which are in the main used only once before being discarded, ending up in a landfill site.”
Recycling Centre green waste skips accept grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, garden prunings, leaves and twigs, woody waste, dead plants, branches, and pond and vase plants.
Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia, said: “The green bag giveaway has been successful in recent years across Merseyside, which has given us an ideal platform to focus on increasing green waste recycling. We look forward to supporting MRWA with the scheme and also hearing the positive responses from our site users.”
Most of Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are open twelve hours a day in the summer – 8.00am until 8.00pm, seven days a week. The Centres 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. Summer hours begin on 1st.
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.
Carl Beer continued: “Hopefully this giveaway will encourage local residents to give us a bumper load of green and garden waste this summer, which will go on to be composted.”