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Work starts on new recycling centre

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) has broken ground at its Huyton household waste recycling centre (HWRC), which is scheduled to open later this year.

The £1.5m facility is being built on the site of a former HGV depot within Huyton Industrial Estate, replacing an existing older recycling centre nearby. Construction is being undertaken by Barhale, which built the similar South Sefton facility for MRWA in 2004.

The new centre will handle up to 20,000 tonnes of recyclable material each year. It provides better traffic management with more space for queuing cars, a greater range of recycling containers and a canopy to shield visitors from bad weather.

Barhale operations director John McHugh said: “This is the second HWRC we have built on Merseyside for MRWA and we’re pleased to be able to provide the people of Huyton with this facility.”

The construction works follow a public consultation last year by MRWA which included information open days and a mail-out to 16,000 local residents and businesses.

Chief executive Carl Beer, top left, said: “This is a major investment in Knowsley and goes hand in hand with construction works at our other centre in Kirkby, which is also due to open this year. We are hopeful that local people will welcome these new waste facilities and help increase Merseyside’s level of recycling.”

MRWA chairman Joe DeAsha, top right, added: “We are very excited to get started on construction works. This is a modern, efficient and well laid out waste recycling facility. It is in a good location near a motorway junction, so is easy to access for local people.”

The MRWA represents the five constituent district councils in the Merseyside area, and is responsible for organising and managing the disposal of waste collected by them. Merseyside’s 14 HWRCs are operated by Veolia Environmental Services.

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