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Merseyside's bins get a closer inspection

Merseyside’s bins are undergoing a closer look this month, as part of the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) ‘bin watch’.

MWDA, working with Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral district councils have undertaken a survey across each of the districts to find out what types of waste are being thrown away, especially recyclable materials.

A special team will be checking and analysing the waste thrown away by households as part of the normal collection rounds. In particular, they will look at the type and amount of waste that has ended up in the household bin, and random samples will be taken for analysis at one of MWDA’s recycling centres.

MWDA director Carl Beer said: “This is the first Merseyside-wide waste analysis that has been undertaken, and the Authority will be using the results to work with Districts not only to help improve recycling and waste collections but also to help the Waste Disposal Authority plan for the future in the development of new facilities and methods of disposal.”

Results from the survey are expected later in the year and the plan is to repeat the research next year to gauge waste habits during winter, spring and summer.

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