Household waste and recycling is collected at the kerbside by local authorities within the Liverpool City Region.
Residents are asked to separate recyclables – plastic bottles, food and drink tins, glass, paper and cardboard – from material that cannot be recycled and these two streams are collected separately, although the way materials are collected varies slightly between the different member authorities.
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and its partners are responsible for processing all of the collected recyclable materials at a materials recycling facility before they are then traded as commodities and used to make new things.
They are also responsible for operating fifteen household waste recycling centres across Merseyside and Halton, which allow residents to recycle a wider range of items than is collected at the kerbside.
You can learn more about the journey of waste at the Eco Centre in Southport and at the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre.
Southport Eco Centre
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority support the Eco Centre in Southport, an award-winning education facility with over 15 years’ experience of delivering sessions to schools, colleges, and community groups.
The centre is run by qualified teachers who cover a range of environmental topics through interactive and hands-on learning activities. For more information, please visit www.southportecocentre.com.
Recycling Discovery Centre
To see your recycling in action, why not head down to Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre? This centre holds the Learning outside the Classroom (LOtC) Quality Badge where all sessions are tailored to visitors and led by a qualified teacher. Here, you can see first-hand how your recycling is sorted and follow the journey of your waste. For more information, please visit www.veolia.co.uk/merseyside-and-halton/RDC.