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Household waste and recycling

Last reviewed on 29 July

New garden waste collection permit

We will shortly launch a new permit for garden waste collections, covering a shorter period than usual – Monday 31 August to Friday 4 December 2020.

The new permit will cost just £12 and residents can subscribe online or by calling the council’s Contact Centre on 01744 676789.

The current 2019/20 subscription period was due to end on Friday 29 May, but has been extended until Friday 28 August to make up for the collections missed while the service was suspended due to COVID-19.

Current subscribers who have provided a valid email address will receive an email notification about the new permit.

Normally subscriptions run from the beginning of June until the end of May the following year, with a winter break around Christmas.

Next year, subscriptions will be reset to run from the beginning of March 2021 for nine months. A cost for this subscription is yet to be determined. Residents will be able to subscribe to for the 2021 permit early in the new year.

Waste and recycling services

St Helens’ waste and recycling collection services are back to normal. Brown bin are collected fortnightly and recycling is collected weekly. 

The easiest way to check your household’s collection schedule is to visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/collections, and enter your postcode and house number.

We are also taking orders for new recycling containers again.

You can support our waste collection team by cleaning your bin handles before and after use, ensuring bin lids can be closed, and not putting out extra bags of waste.

National Government guidance for those who have symptoms of COVID-19 is to dispose of any used tissues or hygiene products (such as disposable cleaning cloths) in a bin bag, tied securely.

These bags should be placed into another bin bag, tied securely and kept separate from other waste. This should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your general household waste bin (brown bin) for collection as usual.

There is no need to arrange for a clinical waste collection for this type of waste.

Bulky rubbish service

Our bulky rubbish collection service has resumed and bookings are being taken via the Contact Centre by phone or online.

To book a collection, and learn more about the service, including costs and restrictions, go to www.sthelens.gov.uk/bulkyrubbish or call 01744 676789.

Household Waste Recycling Centres

The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) have reopened most Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), or tips, across Merseyside, with restrictions and traffic management plans in place for each site.

Town Centre, Burtonhead Road centre

A one-way system is operating on Burtonhead Road with a road closure at the mini-roundabout. Access to the HWRC and businesses is from Canal Street only.

HWRC cars are being directed into a queue in the right lane (now closed to oncoming traffic). Through traffic is using the left-hand lane.

Newton-le-Willows, Junction Lane centre: Open with traffic management in place.

Rainhill, Tasker Terrace centre: TBC

What to expect

There are marshalls outside each centre to give you information about waiting times, direct you into a queue and at some sites direct traffic to prevent blocking the roads for non-tip traffic. Please listen to their advice as they are there for public safety and to reduce your wait.

There are likely to be queues at the centres, which have the potential to cause traffic disruption on the road network, so please only visit the tip if you absolutely need to.

MRWA along with its contractor Veolia, have implemented clear operating guidelines with respect to the necessity of visits, social distancing on site and queuing.

Our priority at all times is the safety of residents and the hard-working staff.

The restrictions are:

  • The number of vehicles allowed on site is restricted, and queuing times are significantly higher.
  • Cars only.
  • One person per vehicle (Blue Badge holders can be accompanied by one family member).
  • No vans, commercial-type vehicles or large trailers.
  • Social distancing of at least two metres is being strictly enforced.
  • Site employees are not able to assist with unloading.
  • Sites are open 8.00am – 8.00pm every day.
  • If households have had COVID-19 symptoms, waste should be left for at least 72 hours before disposal and personal waste should be safely double bagged. Place it in your brown bin collection if you can.

For more information, please check MRWA’s website: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

Textiles recycling

At the minute, we are unable to say when the textiles collections will resume. However, if you gather all of the textiles you want to recycle and bundle them all together, you will be able to book a collection when the service is back up and running and we will be happy to collect.

For more information on textiles recycling, visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/recycling.

Reducing and reusing your food

Making your food last is really important now more than ever. An easy way of doing this is by reducing and reusing your food. The Love Food Hate Waste website gives food storage advice, leftover food recipes and much more.

Composting

Another way to manage your garden waste is to compost. Composting is a simple method to reduce waste and to create free fertiliser to use on your garden.

The process recycles various organic materials otherwise regarded as waste products and produces a soil conditioner (the compost).

Compost is rich in nutrients and is used for gardens, landscaping, horticulture etc. The compost itself is beneficial for the land in many ways, including as a soil conditioner, a fertiliser and as a natural pesticide for soil.

All you need for a successful compost heap is waste, air and water!

What to put in your compost:

  • Grass cuttings and dead leaves
  • Fruit and vegetable peelings
  • Plain cardboard
  • Old cut flowers and bedding plants
  • Coffee grounds
  • Tea bags
  • Eggshells – these help to keep the heap from smelling
  • Newspapers – shredded paper can help to soak up excess moisture in a heap