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De-junking and tea-drinking in Wirral – 26 April 2012

A series of recycling and re-use workshops in Wirral have culminated in a showcase of art pieces – and a celebratory tea party!

The brainwave of local artist Alison Bailey Smith, the De-junk/Re-junk project held free craft workshops for children and parents where old, broken and unused household items were transformed into works of art. Old plastic bags were turned into attractive flowers and hanging decorations; milk bottles into garlands, while rags were fashioned into colourful scarves and boas.

Cups of tea were raised at the Green Community Shop and Centre in Oxton last week as the residents toasted each others’ creative achievements.

The workshops have been run in-conjunction with the “With These Hands” Wirral Visual Artists Network, who helped teach people the skills to create something out of nothing. The project itself has been part-funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s (MRWA) Community Resource Action Fund.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “It’s been great to see the positive effect that the project has had on local people, and of course demonstrating that waste isn’t always waste – it is a resource that can be used for something else.”

Alison Bailey Smith said: “Our network of artists have been involved with the annual recycling art exhibition with Wirral Council for the last three years and this year we wanted to become more engaged with the public and share our skills in the lead up to the exhibition in July. The grant from the MRWA has allowed us to run seven free workshops for the public exploring eco fashion, mosaics, book making and working with plastics."

An exhibition of all the work created will be held in July at the Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre.

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Notes to editors:

Attached photograph – artists and volunteers of the De-junk/Re-junk project at the Green Community tea party.

Of the Community Resource Action Fund, 75 percent is funded by MRWA, and 25 percent funded by Veolia Environmental Services.

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:
John Lally, PR & Communications Officer
0151 255 1444
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk