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Wirral implements innovative collection service

Wirral Council is to begin one of the most innovative collection services in Merseyside that will see food and garden waste collected together from 20,000 homes.

The project has been developed in partnership with Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA), and now that a new recycling facility is up and running in Bidston, the council is in a strong position to improve recycling significantly.

Wirral council director of technical services David Green said: “This improved service will pave the way for us to really start boosting our recycling rates.

“It’s essential for us to help residents consider more carefully what they’re throwing away and how it impacts the environment. Our recycling rate in Wirral needs improving and we still have a long way to go as last year we only recycled 10%.

"However, this scheme and other future developments should help us achieve our council authority and national targets.”

Residents will receive a brown wheelie bin for both food and garden waste that will replace the previous single garden waste collection. A kitchen caddy will also provide homeowners with helpful methods of transferring waste from the house to the external refuse.

MWDA director Carl Beer said: “Wirral’s food and garden collection will be sent to the authority’s In-Vessel Composting Facility at Bidston. This forms just part of our investment with districts on Merseyside to provide new facilities to improve recycling rates.”

The council is also currently working on a dry recyclable kerbside collection that will include glass, cardboard, paper and cans.

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