Green light for recycling centre

Liverpool is to get a new £1.4 million Household Waste Recycling Centre after city planners gave Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority the go-ahead to the Old Swan scheme.

The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) off Cheadle Avenue in Old Swan will provide badly needed facilities for the north of the city and relieve pressure on the Otterspool site in Aigburth – currently the only HWRC within the Liverpool City Council boundary.

It will be equipped to collect a wide range of household materials for recycling, including: car batteries, cardboard, engine oil, garden waste, paper, furniture, rubble, scrap metal, textiles, drinks cans, timber, glass and soil.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Old Swan Recycling Centre is a badly needed facility and is good news for residents in the north of the city because they will now have a much shorter drive to recycle their unwanted items.”

Councillor Laura Robertson-Collins from Liverpool City Council, and a member of the MWRA said: “Residents will warmly welcome the approval of the new centre. Having another recycling centre in Liverpool has been overdue for a long time and the new facility will help boost our recycling rates.”

MRWA Chief Executive Carl Beer said: “This is great news. Liverpool has needed a second HWRC for years – both to relieve pressure on the existing site in Otterspool and to make sure we are doing everything we can to increase the city’s overall recycling rates.”

Work on the Old Swan site is due to get underway this summer. The new site should be operational by early next year.