Bag giveaway to boost recycling

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The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority bag scheme

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority bag scheme

Sefton recycling centres are giving away free bags in an aim to stop precious metals ending up in landfill.

The four recycling centres in the area will be launching this new scheme led by The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) which will see heavy recycling bags being given away in exchange for unwanted or broken electrical items, anything from hairdryers, children’s toys, mobile phones, kettles, toasters.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, chairperson of MRWA said: “If you’ve got an electrical item that is broken or no longer used, drop it off at the local recycling centre, and it’ll be stripped down and the parts recycled.”

Currently electrical items that are commonly seen in the residual waste do not get recycled and may end up in landfill.

This bag giveaway scheme is being delivered by MRWA’s contracter Veolia Environmental Services.

Alex Patterson, a director at the contracters, said: “The blug bag will provide an easy way to collect and recycle these items and therefore improve recycling rates on Merseyside.”

Bag supplies are limited so only one bag per person per visit will be issued

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