Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) has today launched a recipe competition for Merseyside and Halton residents.

The campaign called ‘Make 28 Taste Great’ is in response to the fact that 28% of waste in Merseyside and Halton is food waste and as much as £50 a month can be saved by using leftovers more effectively and by smarter, local shopping.

The recipe competition looks for smart ways to use leftovers and ingredients easily at hand to create healthy meals.

The launch at Southport Food & Drink Festival begins a Summer-long celebration of local involvement, encouraging entries to the competition for friends and family.

Widnes born, celebrity chef Brian Mellor is helping judge and support the shortlisted entries who will be invited to cook for him and a special guest at a ‘cook-off’ on August at Liverpool Community College’s restaurant, The Academy.

MRWA chairperson Councillor Joe DeAsha said: “We want to know who can make the most of their leftovers – it might be a recipe passed down by your Mum or something you’ve invented with the contents of your fridge and store cupboard one night. Happy cooking and good luck!”

Entries are encouraged in two age groups 11-17 and 18 plus. There are three categories for each age group, a starter, main course and pudding or drink.

The 12 shortlisted dishes will be judged at the cook-off in August to decide the winning six ‘signature’ recipe cards available from October. There are further prizes for the six winners who will be announced at Liverpool Food and Drink Festival.

Entry forms are available at the Festival and will be distributed throughout the region during the Summer.

Entries are also encouraged on the web site where visitors to the site can understand more about saving food waste with links to

MRWA Deputy Chairman Graham Morgan said: “Statistics show that over a quarter of a Merseyside bin is food waste, a lot of which would still be edible. As well as a waste of food it’s also a waste of money as people buy things that they throw away totally uneaten. This is costing each household £50 a month! This competition is just one initiative we’re using to raise awareness of food waste.”

The competition entry deadline is Tuesday 6th August.

Make-28-Taste-Great-launch-Southport-2LtoR: Kirsty Martin, Environmental Officer for Knowsley Council, Councillor Graham Morgan, Deputy Chairman, Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, Celebrity Chef, Brian Mellor and Stuart Donaldson, Waste Strategy Manager, Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority at the launch of the Make 28 Taste Great recipe competition at Southport Food & Drink Festival this weekend..

A full copy of the competition’s terms and conditions may be seen on the web site or is available by ringing 08456 120188 or writing to The Waste Strategy Manager, Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, 7th Floor, No1 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

Marketing PRojects is delivering this project on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA). More information at

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (formerly Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority) is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside’s residents.


Members of the media can contact:

Jane Harrad-Roberts, Marketing PRojects         07785 395705                              Twitter: @Make28TasteGr8


John Lally     0151 255 1444


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