Increasing regional innovation capacities for
resources efficiency and integrated waste management through cooperation, research and technological development
A place where nothing is wasted
A long term Strategy has been agreed by partners to deliver sustainable municipal waste management in the City Region. Delivery will support the transformation of the waste agenda to increase resource efficiency leading to zero waste to landfill.
With a proud musical, maritime and cultural heritage and an ambitious future vision, the Liverpool City Region (LCR) is located in the North-West of England. The LCR covers an area of 724 km2 in the administrative areas of Merseyside and Halton with a population of 1.5 million inhabitants. In 2013-14, overall waste arisings in Merseyside fell for the sixth year to 996 kg per household. 39% was recycled, with the rest going to landfill. From 2016 almost all the City Region’s residual waste will be diverted from landfill through the building of an energy recovery facilitity with combined heat and power.
The WastEcoSmart UK regional cluster has three partners representing academia, business and public authorities. The academic partner is the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLAN) Centre for Waste Management. The business partner, C-Tech Innovation Ltd., is one of the UK’s most successful research, development and innovation organisations, and the public sector is represented by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).
MRWA is responsible for the treatment and disposal of municipal waste collected by the local authorities Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. Through its contractor, Veolia, MRWA operates thirteen Household Waste Recycling Centres, two Materials Recovery Facilities, four Waste Transfer Stations and a composting facility. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for residents.
The LCR strategic focus is to move waste management higher up the waste hierarchy by supporting activities on waste prevention, re-use, recycling and composting, whilst recognising the impact these actions have on the amount of residual waste requiring treatment or disposal. MRWA’s pioneering work on waste prevention has been recognised nationally, for example by being designated the Best Waste Prevention Project at the national LARAC 2013 Awards.
Resources Merseyside, the regional recycling and waste management strategy has ten agreed objectives to drive further improvements in waste and resource management in the region. These objectives include reducing household waste arisings by 8% by 2030 (before any recycling takes place) and recycling 50% of household waste by 2020. Other aims ensure a wider approach to tackle wider environmental and social issues including reducing the carbon impacts of waste, maximising sustainable economic activity and promoting behavioural change by residents.
For more information about this cluster:
Public authority: http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/
Name: John Henderson
Company: C-Tech Innovation Limited