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Reducing Waste

Reuse, repair and reclaim - one person's junk is anothers treasure. Fixing things can be hugely satisfying and saves buying another. Visit local charity/community shops.

It is better to reuse materials than to recycle them. This applies to all sorts - glass, tins, paper, plastic, foil, clothes... even shoes. See the Where to Recycle page for full details on local facilities for recycling.

Compost kitchen waste or give it to a gardening friend.

Waste Action Group

This group has regular meetings, open to all, for people who would like to help with the question of waste on Wirral. For more details of Waste and other Action Groups see get involved pages.

Junk Mail

Reduce waste and cut down on unwanted mail. Opt out of receiving junk mail that gets inserted in Royal Mail deliveries by registering with their Opt Out service. To register email optout@royalmail.com

What a load of rubbish!


Have you ever thought about how much rubbish you and your family throw away every week?

  • Every year, an estimated 17 ½ billion plastic bags are given away by supermarkets. This is equivalent to over 290 bags for every person in the UK.



  • The UK produces more than 434 million tonnes of waste every year. This rate of rubbish generation would fill the Albert Hall in London in less than 2 hours.

  • Every year UK households throw away the equivalent of 3 ½ million double-decker buses (almost 30 million tonnes), a queue of which would stretch from London to Sydney (Australia) and back.

  • On average, each person in the UK throws away seven times their body weight (about 500kg) of rubbish every year.

  • On average, every family in the UK consumes around 330 glass bottles and jars a year (British Glass).

  • Recycling two bottles saves enough energy to boil water for five cups of tea.

  • 1 litre of oil can pollute 1 million litres of fresh drinking water (Scottish Oil Care Campaign).

  • Waste oil from nearly 3 million car oil changes in Britain is not collected. If collected properly, this could meet the annual energy needs of 1.5 million people. (Scottish Oil Care Campaign)

  • About one fifth of the contents of household dustbins consists of paper and card, of which half is newspapers and magazines. This is equivalent to over 4kg of waste paper per household in the UK each week.

  • Disposable nappies make up about 2 % of the average household rubbish. This is equivalent to the weight of nearly 70,000 double decker buses every year. If lined up front to end, the buses would stretch from London to Edinburgh.