Area: 724 km2
Population: 1.5 million
Density: 2072 inhabitants/km2
GDP: 18467 per capita in €
Amount of MSW (2011): 518 kg/capita


Academia: University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) – Centre for Waste Management

Business: C-Tech Innovation Ltd.

Public authority: Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority


Liverpool City Region (LCR) comprises the City of Liverpool and  the surrounding local authority districts of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. The Liverpool City Region has experienced strong growth over the past ten years, and substantial investment by the private sector has transformed the confidence and outlook of the region, with ambitious plans to create 100,000 jobs on the agenda.


Waste management


  • Waste generated: 543 kg/capita [total waste arisings]
  • Waste collected: 354 kg/capita [total kerbside arisings]
  • Waste recycling: 50%
  • Waste energy recovery: 0%
  • Waste to landfill: 50%

System of source separation at household level


Merseyside Recyling and Waste Authority (MRWA), the five Merseyside local authorities together and Halton Borough Council form the Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership (MHWP) and have the responsibility for  managing the Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste (LACMW) across the Liverpool City Region. All local authorities in the Partnership operate household refuse and recycling collections, and offer bulky household waste and garden waste collection services. In addition MRWA operates (via contract) fourteen Household Waste Recycling Centres for householders wishing to dispose of their own waste. There are two Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs) and four Waste Transfer Stations (WTS) where waste is bulked up for onward transport.


There is a strong regional emphasis not just on managing waste better, but on demonstrating the benefits of waste prevention and increasingly on moving the agenda on from simple tonnage based assessments to include factors like carbon accounting and other environmental measures.


The region has received best practice recognition in several categories over the last few years:


  • LARAC Celebration Awards 2013 – Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership were the Winner of the ‘Best Waste Minimisation or Prevention Project’ for their 2012/13 waste prevention programme, which has also attracted the Zero Waste Silver Award – a standard given for 2 years.
  • National Recycling Awards 2013 Finalist for Local Authority Innovation – awarded to MRWA for the Merseyside Textile Forum
  • MRWA received the Innovation and Efficiency Awards 2013 Bronze Award for Transformation  in Waste and Environment again for the Merseyside Textile Forum.

Key needs and aspirations in innovative waste management


Our vision is to be a place where nothing is wasted. To deliver our strategy for Recycling and Waste Management out to 2041 we need:

  • To reduce climate change/ carbon impacts of waste management;
  • To maximise waste prevention (8% reduction in per household arising by 2030);
  • To maximise landfill diversion (LACMW to landfill down to 10% by 2020 and 2% by 2030);
  • To promote resource efficiency, renewable energy and high recycling rates (50% by 2020);
  • To maximise sustainable economic activity associated with waste management;
  • To reduce the ecological footprint of waste management:
  • To promote behavioural and cultural change - make it easier to prevent waste;
  • To maintain flexibility in capacity for waste management.