Fall in household waste across Merseyside

Wirral Globe: Fall in household waste across Merseyside Fall in household waste across Merseyside

MERSEYSIDE households are wasting away far more efficiently according to latest statistics.

The amount of waste being produced per household in the region has dropped by 29 kilogrammes (almost 64 pounds) compared to last year.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority's annual plan for 2013 also indicates that the region's household waste recycling centres are performing better than ever.

At the same time Merseyside’s pooled recycling rate has stalled with a slight decrease of 0.7%.

Carl Beer, the authority's chief executive, observed: "While it’s impossible to say why the figures are what they are I think we can look at particular national issues to spot trends.

"For instance the recession means that people are buying less which generally means less waste to recycle.

"There have also been moves by government and producers to reduce packaging and introduce refillable containers – items which are traditionally collected for recycling."

MRWA is spearheading several initiatives to end the waste of around 22,000 tonnes of clothing and textiles ending up in landfill across the region. The disposal cost is around £1.58m.

The Merseyside Textile Forum has been established for stakeholders who currently collect textiles.

All of Merseyside's district councils and the national Waste and Resources Action Programme have backed the initiative.

Its principal aim is to identify and support ways to increase the recycling and reuse of textiles.

The award-winning project will look at current collection methods and markets for reuse and recycling for textile and clothes of all quality grades.

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10:28am Wed 4 Dec 13

spamfiend says...

I have always tried to recycle as well as I can. With the correct separation of items in the bins. Okay, I will admit not that good a segregation, and I do sometimes leave the lid on the milk bottle, but I do try.

I take clothes and books to the bins in the local Asda and any electrical items I either take to the recycling centre if broken, or to a local charity shop if they are working. If it is sellable, I get rid of it through eBay if I can so I try to do my bit. Local charity shops across Wirral, regardless of their affiliations, collect unwanted bags of clothes for free so you can always give them a call.

The problem is the retailers. I had a curry ready meal last week as a quick lunch and ended up with one box outer and two plastic bag inners. The box can be recycled but the bags cannot. That is why every month we end up with bins full of rubbish, because manufacturers do not do enough to aid with the recycling.
I have always tried to recycle as well as I can. With the correct separation of items in the bins. Okay, I will admit not that good a segregation, and I do sometimes leave the lid on the milk bottle, but I do try. I take clothes and books to the bins in the local Asda and any electrical items I either take to the recycling centre if broken, or to a local charity shop if they are working. If it is sellable, I get rid of it through eBay if I can so I try to do my bit. Local charity shops across Wirral, regardless of their affiliations, collect unwanted bags of clothes for free so you can always give them a call. The problem is the retailers. I had a curry ready meal last week as a quick lunch and ended up with one box outer and two plastic bag inners. The box can be recycled but the bags cannot. That is why every month we end up with bins full of rubbish, because manufacturers do not do enough to aid with the recycling. spamfiend

1:15am Thu 5 Dec 13

Jimrob says...

So, if the contracted waste company is doing less work because there is less waste, how about renegotiating the contract and saving us Council Tax payers a bit of money?

Or are there (recyclable) brown envelopes involved in this WBC contract as well?
So, if the contracted waste company is doing less work because there is less waste, how about renegotiating the contract and saving us Council Tax payers a bit of money? Or are there (recyclable) brown envelopes involved in this WBC contract as well? Jimrob

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