19 February 2020 by James Langley

Merseyside councils to vote on food collections

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) is to put the decision on a Liverpool-wide food waste collection service to the city’s district waste collection authorities.

Options for the adoption of a weekly food waste collection service in Liverpool were discussed at a meeting of the MRWA on 7 February (see letsrecycle.com story).

Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral councils make up the MWDA

Carl Beer, chief executive of MRWA, told letsrecycle.com: “At the meeting authority members were presented with a report which looks at the procurement options of delivering food waste collections across the Liverpool city region.

“Members agreed that the MRWA chairperson relay the collective view of the MRWA meeting in a letter to the district waste collection authorities that, whilst there are a number of different service delivery options, a city region-wide food waste collection service presents the best option.

“It will then be for the district waste collection authorities to decide which direction to take.”

MRWA is required to dispose of the household waste collected by Liverpool’s five district councils representing Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St. Helens and Wirral.

Meeting

A draft report for the meeting outlined some of the possible options for vehicles and caddies were the service to be rolled out.

Mandatory food waste collections will have to be rolled out by 2023, under legislation in the Environment Bill

A budget of £2,916,000 was mooted for acquiring a fleet and caddies were estimated to cost the council £888,000.

Draft minutes from the meeting read: “Members were presented with a report updating them on the progress of the work of the MRWA chief executive and the senior officers working group (SOWG) regarding Liverpool city region’s (LCR’s) waste collection authorities’ preparation for the delivery of food waste collections across the city region.”

At the meeting it was resolved that members noted the progress made on the issue by the senior officers working group and that members’ views would be communicated to the waste collection authorities.

Liverpool

There are 617,000 households in Liverpool that would require a weekly food waste collection service.

The move for a food waste collection service follows the introduction of the government’s environment bill on 30 January (see letsrecycle.com story), which “stipulates a consistent set of materials that must be collected from all households and businesses, including food waste”.

Subject to consultation, mandatory food waste collections are set to be rolled out across the country by 2023.

MRWA has moved to adopt the service in advance of it becoming mandatory.

 

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