Go green – and bag a gift

Merseyside householders are able to get their hands on free garden waste recycling bags from this week.

The giveaway is being organised by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Environmental Services.

The heavy duty bags are being given away at five local Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) –

•         Bidston (Wallasey Bridge Road, Wirral CH41 1EB)
•         Kirkby (Depot Road, Knowsley L33 3AR)
•         Otterspool (Jericho Lane, Liverpool L17 5AR)
•         Rainhill (Tasker Terrace, St Helens L35 4NX)
•         Sefton Meadows (Sefton Lane, Sefton L31 8BX)

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.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson 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.”

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside & Halton, 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.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “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.”

Further details about Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres can be found at http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/ or by calling MRWA on 0151 255 1444.