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Record £130,000 Fund for community projects to cut region’s waste (10 May 2013)

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and its contractor, Veolia Environmental Services have today launched a £130,000 Community Fund to find the best ideas for reducing, recycling and reusing household waste across Merseyside and Halton.

The record sum includes £110,000 to be split between six ‘large scale’ projects – with each getting a grant significantly larger than anything the Authority has handed out before.

Only community and voluntary groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton can apply for the big grants and the Authority is setting the bar high. Applicants must be able to prove their idea works on a large scale and satisfy a list of ten criteria – including engaging residents, promoting economic growth and permanently changing consumer waste habits – to stand a chance of winning a share.

Successful projects which received smaller grants in 2012-13 include:

– Liverpool Lighthouse – a waste prevention project with the local community promoting healthy and economical eating, Love Food Hate Waste and cooking skills.
– Bulky Bobs Furniture World – a reuse project for furniture for disadvantaged families.
– PERC (Liverpool) Ltd – a reuse project enabling a donation and collection scheme for nursery and children’s toys and equipment.
– Tomorrow’s Women Wirral – a waste prevention project enabling ex offending women to learn sewing and recycling skills.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chairperson Councillor Joe DeAsha said: “In the past, our Community Fund has handed out small grants to a large number of projects. There’s a much bigger pot this year to benefit a smaller number of projects which will reduce household waste, benefit local communities and ensure we give council tax payers value for money.

“The bigger awards will help make sure we attract the best and most robust ideas and are then able to give each of them as much support as possible to succeed.”

A further £20,000 will be awarded later in the year to up to ten schools or colleges in the region delivering projects on one of four waste themes – food, textiles, growing/composting and recycling champions.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority will be holding briefing workshops to give organisations in district areas in Merseyside and Halton more details about its new Community Fund criteria and application process. The Authority plans to select successful projects by the end of August 2013.

Application for the fund will be accepted from 3 June 2013 and the closing date for applications is 28th June 2013. 

More information and application forms can be obtained from 20th May 2013 from the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling Tel: 0151 255 2577 or email: communityfund2013-14@merseysidewda.gov.uk.

Briefing Workshop dates and locations

Register for one of the events at email: communityfund2013-14@merseysidewda.gov.uk or by calling 0151 255 2577

1.    Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Central Workshops:
20th May 10.00am – 11.30am and 14.00pm -15.30pm
30th May 10.00am -11.30am
Location: No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP

2.    Sefton area Workshop:
22nd May 10.30 – 12.00
Location: The Shakespeare Suite at Sing Plus community centre, Seaforth (behind the Adult Education Centre, Cambridge Road, Seaforth, Liverpool L21 1EX

3.    Liverpool area Workshop
23rd May 17.30pm – 19.00pm
Location: Venture Housing Community Room – 212H Boaler St, Liverpool, Merseyside L6 6AE

4.    St Helens area workshop
28th May 10.30am – 12.00pm
Location: Room 8, St Helens Town Hall, Corporation Street St Helens, WA10 1HP

5.    Wirral area Workshop
29th May 2.00 pm – 3.30pm
Location: Tower Room, Floral Pavilion, Marine Parade, New Brighton, CH45 2JS

6.    Halton area workshop
3rd June 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Location: Halton Stadium, Lower House Lane, Widnes, Cheshire WA8 7DZ

MRWA Chief Executive Carl Beer said: “We’re giving the right projects a real opportunity to succeed and make a big difference to the huge volumes of waste that we currently have to send to landfill.”

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia Environmental Services Merseyside and Halton, said “The community fund has a history of supporting fantastic waste and recycling projects in Merseyside, the increased funding allowance gives us a greater opportunity to support the local community with their creative steps towards waste reduction, reuse and recycling.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

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

Veolia Environmental Services, part of the Veolia Environnement Group, is the UK’s leading waste management company. With a sizeable presence throughout the UK, mainland Europe and the world, Veolia Environmental Services employs over 77,000 people in 33 countries and serves more than 800,000 business clients worldwide. Veolia Environmental Services is the only global provider of a full range of services for handling hazardous and non-hazardous solid and liquid waste. It provides waste management and logistics services as well as materials recovery and recycling. Veolia Environmental Services generated revenue of €9.08 billion in 2012.
Veolia Environmental Services is committed to protecting the environment and improving the lives of the communities in which it operates and have been awarded Platinum Rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index for 2013.