It's Our World
Wirral Council is working hard to create a clean, pleasant, safe and sustainable environment for Wirral’s residents, businesses and future investors.
The Council is committed to becoming a climate resilient and low carbon authority, working with others to enable communities and businesses in Wirral to act on climate change in their own work and lives. The Council has set itself a challenging target of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2025.
‘CRed Wirral’ is a website to help people in Wirral to reduce their carbon emissions from energy use at home, work and through travel. The website lists over 80 different pledges that can help save energy, cut carbon emissions and save money. Residents can use the website to make a series of pledges and calculate their own carbon savings. The site keeps a running total of the carbon savings from all pledges made across Wirral.
Since the roll out of the grey recycling bins in Wirral, recycling rates for the borough have improved dramatically. Wirral was the most improved metropolitan council for recycling rates in 2007/08, with recycling rates improving from 14% in 2006/07 to 32% in 2007/08. Latest figures show that approximately 36.5% of Wirral’s waste is recycled, with 99% of properties now on the recycling scheme.
Wirral’s ‘Tidy Business Scheme’ picked up a top award at the prestigious national Keep Britain Tidy awards in March 2010, winning the Tidy Business category. There are now over 130 Businesses signed up to the Tidy Business scheme. The Council helped more than 90% of businesses in Oxton to achieve Tidy Business status; this led Oxton being officially named as England’s first-ever Tidy Business Village.
The Council aims to achieve high standards of street cleanliness across the borough. Wirral’s streets are swept regularly to keep them clean. The waste that is swept off Wirral’s streets by street sweeping vehicles is sent for recycling. Approximately 80% of this waste is currently being recycled using the best available recycling process to recycle as much of the waste as possible.
New on-street recycling bins are sited in shopping and tourist areas across Wirral, making it possible to recycle on the go as well as at home, with shoppers recycling between half a tonne and a tonne of waste each month.
Wirral provides a full-time service for the removal of graffiti, not just from publicly owned buildings, but from residential buildings and small business premises. In addition to improving the graffiti removal service, this initiative aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, promote civic pride and contribute to restorative justice and the rehabilitation of offenders. Wirral is performing above expectations in relation to the percentage of land falling below acceptable levels of graffiti.
Wirral’s natural and built heritage makes an important contribution to the quality of life of residents and to the borough’s tourism offer. Wirral has over 1,500 hectares of public open space, including sports facilities, gardens and some stunning areas of countryside, many of which have various protective designations.
The Parks and Countryside Service is committed to promoting and protecting our local environment and is home to a great variety of plants and animals, as well as a total of five Local Nature Reserves and eleven sites of Specific Scientific Interest.
* For more information on recycling in Wirral visit www.wirral.gov.uk/recycling
* For more information on Street Cleansing visit www.wirral.gov.uk/streetcleansing
* To sign up to CRed visit www.credwirral.org.uk
* For details of ‘what’s on’ in Wirral visit http://www.wirral.gov.uk/whats-on