Recycling Centre’s green accolade

A new Recycling Centre in Liverpool has received a top environmental accolade following its launch last December.

The new Old Swan Recycling Centre on Cheadle Avenue in Liverpool has joined the network of sites offered by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) for local residents to recycle their household waste.

Its launch in December 2015 followed a six month construction period to develop the site, making it more accessible and improving facilities to maximise recycling performance. As part of the construction, MRWA has worked with its contractors Cheetham Hill Construction to achieve a top rating as part of CEEQUAL which is a sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering.

The Authority and Cheetham Hill Construction were thrilled to announce at the launch recently that they had been awarded an ‘Excellent’ rating of 86.5% as part of the CEEQUAL assessment, making the new Old Swan Recycling Centre one of the greenest and sustainable on Merseyside.

The CEEQUAL assessment takes into account a number of factors when judging the new centre and these include:

• Ecology and biodiversity
• People and community
• Land use and landscape
• Energy and carbon.

The Old Swan facility is MRWA’s fourth to gain the CEEQUAL award, following Kirkby, Huyton and Ravenhead Household Waste Recycling Centres.

Cllr Graham Morgan, MRWA Chairperson said: “The Old Swan Recycling Centre is the fourth site that the Authority has developed that has been given a CEEQUAL award, which makes us extremely proud of the work we’re doing and the positive impact we’re having on the local community and environment.”

Perry Shard, from CEEQUAL said: “CEEQUAL rewards project teams that go beyond the legal, environmental and social minimum to achieve distinctive environmental and social performance.

“This is the fourth time that I have presented an award to this team, and the most striking thing for me is how the approach has been improved upon each time. It is a great example of the using the CEEQUAL framework to create a more considered long-term solution.

There are features and aspects of this project which are usually only seen on much larger and more high profile projects for instance – there has been 100% use of all demolition materials within the new construction, installation of rainwater harvesting and the ability of at least 95% of the site and its infrastructure to be dismantled and recycled or reused at the end of Centre’s operational life. So, really well done for considering them as part of the design – and then committing to them during the construction.”

Phil Ross, Cheetham Hill Construction Director said: “Cheetham Hill Construction is pleased to have been involved with the development of this new household waste recycling facility for the residents of Liverpool. We are very proud the project has attained such a high CEEQUAL standard, it’s a great achievement for the whole team involved.”

Pictured: The MRWA and Cheetham Hill Construction (CHC) teams left to right – Gemma Fenn (CHC), Carl Beer (MRWA Chief Executive), Perry Shard ( CEEQUAL), Cllr Graham Morgan (MRWA Chairperson), Mike Goodier (CHC), Abi Ross (CHC), Lee Farrar (CHC)