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Rugs to riches: textile recycling project unites nations to spread message

A recycling project is uniting nations by training volunteers so they can spread the message about re-using textiles across ethnic communities on the Wirral.

The ten volunteers all attend Wirral Change Community Activities projects, the Carers, Polish, Arabic or Indian Community Groups and are being trained to be textile recycling champions.

They are working with crafts experts to learn how to weave rugs from old textiles before returning to their different groups to pass on their newly acquired expertise.

The project is funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund and will train a further 20 recycling champions from the same outreach groups in recycling furniture and food know-how.

Wirral Change operational manager Sabra Ahmed said: “We’ve had so much interest from people wanting to become recycling champions and the whole thing has really caught the imagination of people who use the centre.”

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “This is a great scheme which will help get the recycling message to communities that we couldn’t reach on our own.

“It’s also great because it brings people from very different backgrounds together to share experiences and learn new skills.”


Image caption –  Textile recycling champions with craft trainer Alison Bailey Smith (standing far right) at Birkenhead-based Wirral Change

Note to editors

1.The MRWA Community Fund is open to community and voluntary sector groups, faith groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2.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.
3.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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