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Recycling campaign targets Liverpool students with lessons in furniture restoration

Free workshops for Smithdown students in February.

A recycling campaign will target Liverpool’s student population by showing them how to restore their own furniture and transform unwanted items of clothing and jewellery.

The special workshops will give students living in the Smithdown Road area practical skills which they can use to get the most out of unwanted household items.

The 3 hour sessions take place on each Wednesday in February at the old library in Lodge Lane. They have been funded by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund and organised by the Granby Toxteth Development Trust (GTDT) as part of its Making L1578 Even Greener initiative.

Julie Aitcheson, of GTDT, said: “Students often move to the area from other local authorities and are living independently for the first time so don’t necessarily know about what can and can’t be put out for recycling.

“The workshops will pass on some of this basic knowledge and give students valuable skills which they can use to extend the life of items as diverse as old furniture and clothing which they would otherwise have thrown away.”

The Trust also hopes the sessions will play a part in helping connect some of the many communities that live locally and provide some relief from exam revision.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “Liverpool has a huge population of students and they all have a role to play in helping cut the amount of waste we have to send to landfill.

“Sessions like these are a great idea, not just because they encourage recycling but because they help build a real sense of civic pride.”

The free recycling workshops take place from 1-4pm on February 4, 11, 18 and 25th. Students wishing to attend can turn up on the day or contact the Granby Toxteth Development Trust on 0151 734 4925 for more information.

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  1. The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton. The Granby Toxteth Development Trust’s Making L1578 Even Greener project was awarded £10,000.
  1. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
  2. Merseyside Recycling and Waste 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 residents.

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