It's time to sack the
A DRIVE to cut the amount of recyclable
waste sent to landfill in Liverpool is getting underway, on Monday, 6 March 2017.
The City Council is beginning a roll out of larger 90 litre reusable sacks to
replace 55 litre recycling boxes for up to 26,000 terraced homes with four foot
It is estimated that 21,000 tonnes of recyclable goods have to be buried each
year because residents are placing it in a purple bin or black sacks rather than
the blue recycling bin.
Every tonne of residual waste from the purple bins costs twice as much to treat
as recyclable waste, meaning an additional bill of around £1.2 million per year
for Council Tax payers.
A successful pilot of the sacks in County ward last year drove up the amount
collected by 20%.
Crews will start distributing them in Greenbank before rolling them out to
relevant properties in Anfield, Central, County, Cressington, Everton,
Fazakerley, Kensington and Fairfield, Kirkdale, Mossley Hill, Picton, Princes
Park, Old Swan, Riverside, Speke Garston, St Michaels, Tuebrook and Warbreck by
the end of April.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:- "The
high proportion of terraced properties with narrow alleyways in Liverpool means
we have a particular challenge in providing the best storage methods for
We know that the larger sacks proved popular when we carried out a pilot scheme
last year because they are much bigger than the blue boxes.
This is part of a much scheme to make our streets cleaner and greener in which
we are replacing paving and carrying out other environmental improvements in
four foot alleys to improve the conditions in which rubbish is presented for
We are also going to be increasing our recycling collections where we think it
will make a difference, educating people about which bin to use, improving our
response to flytipping and taking action against those that dump in our City as
part of our commitment to make Liverpool cleaner and greener."
In the coming months, there will be:-
► An expansion of weekly recycling services to cover all 5,500
apartment blocks; increasing the amount of recyclable waste collected by 114
tonnes per year.
► A pilot of weekly recycling in some areas with terraced properties.
► An education programme in primary schools to promote the importance of
Following a request from Mayor Joe Anderson for the Council to crackdown on
environmental crime, the number of mobile teams tackling fly tipping is being
doubled from 2 to 4 with more emphasis on finding and fining those responsible,
particularly builders and businesses illegally dumping trade waste.
And a team of 17 environmental enforcement officers from Kingdom are on the
streets of the City Centre and district centres issuing £80 fines to people
caught dropping litter or allowing their dogs to foul.
RECYCLING IN NUMBERS:-
► 33% of waste recycled in Liverpool (projected
► 18,000 tonnes of green waste collected (2016/17).
► 21,000 tonnes of recyclable items wrongly placed in
the purple bin every year.
► 28,000 houses receiving a weekly black sack
► 196,000 houses receiving an alternate weekly
collection of purple and blue bins.