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New refuse and recycling collections for Sefton

Changes to Sefton’s refuse and recycling service mean residents at thousands of homes across the borough will receive new brown and grey wheeled bins.

The bins replace sacks previously delivered to residents and will be collected on alternate weeks, with brown recycling bins collected one week and grey residual bins collected the next.

Around 4,000 households in Linacre, Derby, Litherland, Ford, Church, Blundellsands, Netherton and Orrell & Victoria are receiving bins as part of the new scheme.

The aim of the initiative is to create cleaner neighbourhoods across Sefton, reduce the risk of vermin and fly-tipping and introduce a safer, more hygienic system of storing household waste prior to collection.

Collections of wheeled bins begin the week commencing Monday October 26 and a calendar of collection dates will be delivered to those homes receiving the new bins, along with instructions on how to use the new service.

Households with a garden will also receive a green garden waste bin. Details of collection dates for garden waste will be on a sticker attached to the green bin lids.

Head of Highways and Public Protection for Sefton Council, Peter Moore, said: “We are pleased to be rolling out this successful collection system, already enjoyed by most Sefton residents, to these properties.

“This will result in immediate benefits to the local environment and has been welcomed by the majority of households for whom this new system represents a significant improvement on current collections.

“Introducing the new bins will mean people will no longer need to leave refuse bags out for collection, which will also help reduce the problem of fly-tipping in those areas.

“We will still provide assistance with wheeled bin collections to anyone who received help with refuse sack collections, and anyone who cannot put bins on the kerb edge for collection due to infirmity or disability can also apply for extra support.

“And, we will be ready to step in to help any of the households benefiting from this new service if they experience any issues as we roll out these improvements.”

“There is lots of helpful information on the Sefton Council website at which explains the process and provides a calendar of collection dates.”

People can find all the information regarding wheeled bins collections on Sefton Council’s website at:

Important information about the new collection service

  • Bins should be presented on the kerb edge outside properties by 6.30am on the morning of collection, and once emptied your bins must be put back within your property boundary.
  • Lids of bins must be fully closed when out for collection.
  • Residents must not put any extra bags of general waste or recycling at the kerbside next to the bins, these will NOT be collected.
  • All recycling can go together in the brown bin. Recycling should be left loose in the bin with no carrier bags inside.
  • Green garden waste bins can be emptied up until 8pm on collection days. Details of what can go in garden waste bins and collection dates will be displayed on bin stickers.

New blue bins for glass recycling approved

At their meeting today (Thursday 3 September), Sefton Council’s Cabinet approved the procurement of new wheelie bins for glass recycling.

With the Government requiring some items of recycling waste to be collected separately as part of its new Environment Bill, Sefton Council is planning new, separate glass collections. This is due to the weight of glass collected, which is around 7,000 tonnes annually. Collecting glass separately produces much higher quality material which can be used for closed loop recycling, and used for re-melt rather than aggregate, making it infinitely recyclable into new glass jars and bottles.

The quality of the other materials (paper, cardboard and tin cans) collected in brown bins will also be much higher delivering better quality material for recycling, this is vital in improving recycling in the UK, allowing it to be reprocessed in local facilities.

Purchasing 100,000 new, blue wheelie bins will be required to achieve this plan. The cost of this and the updating of the cleansing vehicle fleet will be offset by £400,000 of recycling income generated annually over 10 years from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, as a result of Sefton Council removing glass from its general recycling collections.

Peter Moore, Sefton Council’s Head of Highways and Public Protection, said: “This change to collecting glass recycling items will make a positive contribution to Sefton’s Climate Change Strategy as well as to the Region’s environmental impact.

“I realise it will mean we are asking residents to separate out their glass items from other recycling but residents across the Borough have been supportive of recycling and our climate change agenda, particularly as it as a way of us keeping down costs too.”

In its Environment Bill, which could become law in late 2020, the Government is asking for one ‘core’ item of recycling to be collected separately. Having reviewed the core items, due to weight of the product, the ease with which it can be separated and the potential for generating income, Sefton proposed removing glass from the current brown bin collection.

The new bins will be procured through a competitive process for delivery in February and March next year. Separate glass recycling collections would start in March and April.

Mr Moore added: “This fits well with other actions we are taking to improve waste storage, collection and recycling. This Autumn we will be providing wheeled bins to approximately 5000 houses that currently rely on black bin bag collections. and, in early 2021 European-style, communal bins to approximately 5000 others where a wheeled bin isn’t practical.”

Peter Moore also thanked Sefton Council’s cleansing teams whom he said had made a ‘sterling effort’ to provide the Borough’s residents with regular refuse collections throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Alleyway flytipping is becoming a ‘Riddock-ulous’ health risk

Residents and businesses who continue to fly-tip despite constant warnings are putting their own health at serious risk.

That is the message from Sefton Council’s Public Protection team following a recent investigation of gated alleyways in South Sefton, which have been filled with flytipped rubbish.

 Teams from Sefton Council’s Cleansing unit recently joined officers from Public Protection, along with ward councillors on Riddock Road, Litherland to assess the growing issue.

Evidence from the investigation has now been viewed and action will be taken against those who have been found to have dumped rubbish illegally in the area. 

Each year Sefton’s cleansing teams have to remove thousands of tonnes of rubbish from alleyways across the borough, costing the Council more than £800,000 a year to clear up and dispose of.

On average 20 tonnes of flytipped rubbish is left in rear alleyways and passageways each week, running up bills of £2,600 in disposal costs alone.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulation and Compliance, said: “We know that this rubbish is being dumped illegally by residents and businesses in the immediate vicinity but they do not realise how damaging this is to their own health.

“Riddock Road is just one of hundreds of gated alleyways across South Sefton where flytipping is a real issue. 

“Not only is it incredibly costly to clean up, it can cause serious health issues and directly affect both the culprits and those innocent residents who live nearby. 

“No matter if its a small bin bag or a huge pile of household waste, it’s still flytipping and you will be fined heavily for irresponsibly disposing of your rubbish.

“Flytipping carries a £400 fixed penalty notice and failure to pay will land you in court. We won’t hesitate to issue a fine if we catch people doing it.”

If any residents have any concerns regarding flytipping or wish to report an offence, they should contact us on 0345 140 0845 or report it via our website

Food waste collection service suspension

It is with regret that Sefton will be suspending the Food Waste Collection Service in June 2019. 

The amount of food waste collected by the service has fallen from over 3,500 tonnes to 1,200 tonnes per annum, which is roughly 1% of the total waste collected in Sefton. As such, the current service is no longer sustainable.

Once the service has been suspended food waste will need to be either home composted or placed in your grey bin or black bin bag.

Residual waste collected in Sefton does not go to landfill, it is incinerated in a purpose-built plant which generates energy from waste. 

Please DO NOT put any food waste in your green garden waste bin as food waste cannot be composted alongside our green garden waste.  If food waste is put in with garden waste then the whole load will be rejected from our green waste composting site immediately.

As you may be aware the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), recently announced, subject to consultation, that they will be seeking legislation to make food waste collection’s mandatory across England from 2023. Sefton Council is actively engaging in this consultation.

DEFRA has said that a food waste service will be assessed accounting for future recycling burdens upon collectors such as Sefton Council, and that it will be funded appropriately. It is anticipated that nationwide collection schemes will also ensure the necessary infrastructure for composting food waste will by then be available to make the service sustainable at a local level. It is hoped that when this legislation has been passed we will be able to reinstate food waste collections across the Borough.

For hints and tips on reducing your food waste at home please visit:


Sefton bins FAQs

Each week residents in Sefton fill their bins and wave good bye to their waste, but what happens to the waste once it’s been collected?

This guide will provide insight on what kind of waste can be recycled, what happens to the waste after our bin lorries have collected it and what happens to the waste that can’t be recycled.

What goes in my bin?

In Sefton, brown bins and hessian sacks are used for recyclable waste.

It’s important to understand exactly what materials can be recycled and how this should be presented. Visit to find out exactly what can and can’t be recycled.

Remember to never put your recycling in bin liners, plastic bags or refuse sacks of any kind. These types of bags and normal waste can’t be separated from your recycling. The bags also damage equipment and increase the costs of dealing with your waste.

Putting bags and normal waste in recycling collections is a waste of your time and effort – and means we can’t recycle.

Green bins are collected seasonally and are used for garden waste such as grass clippings, tree and shrub clippings, weeds, dead flowers and leaves.

Any items which cannot be recycled or put in your green bin, should be put in your grey bin (or in refuse sacks where sack collections are in place).

Some households may also have a food waste recycling box, this is used for fruit and vegetable peelings, cooked food, raw meat & fish, bones, leftover food/plate scrapings.

What happens to my recyclable waste once it’s been collected?

Once the council bin lorries have collected your recyclable waste, it is brought to the Gilmoss Material Recovery Facility (MRF).

Merseyside & Halton’s MRFs have the capacity to process over 200,000 tonnes per year, producing seven secondary raw material grades and diverting more than 63,000 tonnes away from disposal.

At the MRF, a complex system of conveyors transport the recyclable material through the sorting process. The waste goes through both manual and mechanical checks to separate the waste in to steel, paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium and plastic.

Any contaminated waste is removed by hand and sent to the Energy from Waste facility where it is used to create fuel for heat and electricity.

After the sorting of the materials, balers are used to compress some of the recyclables into dense bales for transport and sent to facilities across the country where it is used to create secondary raw materials.

What happens to my green waste once it’s been collected?

Once your green waste has been collected it is delivered to White Moss’ composting site in Kirkby.

Over the course of 12 weeks the green waste is transformed in to compost and blended with forestry bi-products such as wood-fines so that it can be recycled into quality compost that is sold in bulk to local and national landscapers and groundwork companies.

What happens to the waste we can’t recycle?

Despite our best efforts to reuse and recycle, there will always be some waste where these options are not possible. This waste can be used as potential fuel that can give value in the form of energy- this is known as Energy from Waste.

Sending waste to landfill is no longer an option because when it rots it releases methane; this is a greenhouse gas that is a major contributor to climate change. Therefore, producing energy from waste is the best way to divert rubbish away from landfill.

Energy from Waste is a tried and tested technology that converts waste into fuel that can be used to generate heat and electricity by burning it at a high temperature.

Sefton’s waste is transported via rail from the Rail Transfer Loading Station in Kirkby to the Energy from Waste plan in Wilton. This facility accepts household bin rubbish, street cleansing waste and waste from MRFs.

It includes all of the things that can’t be recycled including plastic pots, tubs and trays, plastic film and plastic bags. If you’re unsure about which items can and can’t be recycled visit

The Energy from Waste system has diverted more that 92% of rubbish bin waste from Merseyside and Halton away from landfill disposal. This has generated enough energy to power around 60,000 homes.


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