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Environment projects recieve £26,000 fund (21 Jan 2013)

A selection of local community groups including Eco Teams, Viking archaeologists, urban gardens and schools will all benefit from funding in an effort to drive down levels of waste on Merseyside.

The £26,000 has been made available as part of the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Community Fund 2012/13 to support an ongoing promotion of waste prevention and reduction.

The ten groups will share the money which, amongst other things, will see:
– un-used children’s toys and furniture recycled and donated to vulnerable families;
– Viking workshops and re-enactments to teach how waste was managed in the past;
– recycling and compost bins introduced into schools;
– Eco Teams delivering educational sessions in Knowsley and St Helens communities to promote energy saving, recycling and re-use, and reducing water use;
– community urban gardens developed in Liverpool and St Helens;
– testing old and un-used electrical items for re-use.

Councillor Joe DeAsha, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’ve awarded this money to a wide variety of projects. From introducing recycling bins into schools, re-using ‘pre-loved’ children’s toys and furniture, to delivering practical waste prevention advice and classes on smarter shopping, sewing and clothes repair. The Community Fund is about educating, encouraging and engaging with Merseyside residents so ultimately we’ll see a drop in waste levels.”

The full list of groups receiving funding (Organisation and Project Name) is:

PERC (Liverpool) LTD – Vulnerable Family Equipment Shareout
Archaeology for Schools C.I.C. – Recycle like a Viking!
St Albert’s Catholic Primary School – Learn the 3R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School – Eco Council recycling project
Lairdside Communities Together – What lies beneath
Tomorrow’s Women Recycle Today – Tomorrow’s Women Wirral
Knowsley Housing Trust (part of the First Ark Group) – Knowsley Eco Teams
P.R.O.C.T.A. – Growing Altfinch
Launchpad Short Stay Schools – Urban Garden
Stick ‘n’ Step – ALSO

Councillor DeAsha continued: “These projects can deliver information and practical advice to local groups in a targeted and unique way. I wish them all the best in what they’re looking to achieve and hopefully we’ll see an impact in that people view waste more as a resource rather than something to be tipped into a landfill site.”
 
The £26,000 is part of an overall £60,000 available in the Community Fund, which is also supported by Veolia Environmental Services. A pot was allocated to four projects in November 2012 (http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/2012/11/communities-put-waste-prevention-at-top-of-the-agenda/), whilst further funding is currently available for school applications until March (see http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/2012/10/10000-fund-available-to-schools/).

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside and Halton, said: “We are proud to support such a great source of funding for community groups in Merseyside. We are passionate about educating the community on Waste and Recycling and pleased to see the exciting ways in which local groups are engaging with what can often be a difficult topic.”

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

Attached photograph: Councillor DeAsha is pictured with Lucy Ferguson (left), aged 7, and Angela Barker, aged 8.

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. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

Members of the media can contact: John Lally – John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk / 0151 255 1444