Progress on recycling centre

THE next phase of work at the £1.4 million new Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre is about to start.

 The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) off Cheadle Avenue in Old Swan will provide facilities for the north of the city and relieve pressure on the Otterspool site in Aigburth.

Ground-breaking work at the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) site took place in March. Contractors will start work on access to the site in the next few weeks including the upgrading of a temporary access road and the building of a perimeter wall.

 The new centre will handle up to 15,000-tonnes of recyclable material each year and can handle all sorts of household items from paper, cardboard and bottles, to larger items such as white goods, televisions and furniture, plus lots more beside.

Although it was originally hoped that the centre would open in Autumn the resolution of issues connected with the lease means that it is now expected to open in December 2015.

 Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) said:” We’re pleased with the progress that is being made to develop the new Centre, and we’ll continue to work in partnership with Liverpool City Council to provide this much needed facility for residents in the north of the city to recycle their unwanted items. It will be a welcome addition to the 13 Recycling Centre’s run by MRWA across Merseyside”

 Councillor Steve Munby, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “I am very pleased that this scheme is progressing as it is very much needed. It will help us drive up our recycling rates and is expected to open in December 2015 which is a time when households have the most material for recycling.”

When open the Recycling Centre will be managed by MRWA’s contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

Pictured: Ground-breaking work at the new centre.