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Swap ’til you drop – 16 March 2011

Neighbours in north Liverpool may soon be swapping clothes thanks to a novel recycling event in Anfield.

The Urban Recycle Fayre on 22nd March will look to raise awareness of recycling and demonstrate how unwanted clothes can be transformed into bespoke pieces of fashion. The event will also feature exhibitions of art and crafts made from recycled materials as well as fashion parade by youngsters who have conjured up costumes from crisp bags and old rags.

The fayre, organised by Liverpool Lighthouse and funded by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority, will highlight the benefits of recycling and will also host a swap shop where residents can exchange unwanted clothes.

Organiser Alfie Levene said: “The clothes swap idea is just another way of getting people to really think hard about how we make the most of all our resources but will hopefully be of practical use too.”

There will also be expert recycling advice and freebies designed to help householders cut power and water consumption.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority Director Carl Beer said: “The Recycle Fayre is a really creative way of encouraging everyone to make less waste and look after our planet.”

The Urban Recycle Fayre takes place at Liverpool Lighthouse, Oakfield Road, Anfield at 11am-2pm on 22nd March. Entry is free and there will be refreshments. Organisers can be contacted on 0151 476 2342.

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Note to Editors

The Lighthouse Green Community – run by Liverpool Lighthouse – was one of the four projects awarded £5,000 from the Community Resource Action Fund set up by Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (MWDA) and Veolia Environmental Services. The funding was made available to community sector and not-for-profit organisations who wish to undertake projects that demonstrate new and innovative approaches to sustainable waste management. The Urban Recycle Fayre is one of a series of Lighthouse Green Community initiatives which the MWDA grant will fund.

MWDA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Facilities.