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Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) was established to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside, namely – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.
MWDA takes a lead in advocating waste prevention, reuse, recycling, sustainability and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside's residents.
Currently around a third of Merseyside’s waste is re-used, recycled and composted, with the remaining waste sent to nearby landfill. Merseyside’s recycling rate has risen from 6% in 1999 to 34% in 2010. MWDA’s aim is to have Merseyside recycling 50% of its waste by the year 2020.
Preventing the creation of waste in the first place is crucial to cutting Merseyside’s reliance on landfill, which is why MWDA is involved in various waste prevention schemes such as home composting, real nappy use, sensible food management, swap days, junk mail initiatives and waste education.
The recyclable items that are collected from doorsteps in Knowsley, Liverpool and Wirral are sorted in MWDA’s Materials Recovery Facility (or MRF) in Wirral. It’s here that mixed recyclable items go in one end and are then sorted and come out the other end ready to be processed into “new” items. A significant proportion of Merseyside’s recycling is also done via 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres, where residents can deposit all sorts of household items which are then sent for reprocessing and re-use.
More information about MWDA can be found on their website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
MWDA is also part of the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership (MHWP). This is a collaboration of local authorities which also includes Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral Councils. All members of the MHWP have responsibilities for tackling the effective delivery of sustainable municipal waste management in Merseyside.
More information about the MHWP can be found on their website www.recycleformerseysideandhalton.com