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Mersey community groups clinch £110,000 environmental fund (15 June 2016)

Ten Merseyside and Halton community groups have received a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place.

The financial shot-in-the-arm will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

The £110,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2016/17, which has been running annually since 2006.

Projects funded include the repair and re-use of unused furniture, cookery clubs to help reduce food waste, a scheme to increase recycling with Liverpool’s Roma community, bicycle repair and re-use, an interactive large-scale artwork in Liverpool city centre, and unwanted wood and timber waste re-use at a local community farm.

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Graham Morgan, said: “We’ve made this money available for projects which can have an impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

Details of each project:

Centre 63 – Bike Back 63 (Knowsley): The ‘Bike Back 63’ project will take in unwanted bikes from the Knowsley community and cheap bikes from auctions then refurbish them to a state ‘as new’ before selling them at an affordable price back into the local community. This scheme will give young people the opportunity to learn about cycle repair and maintenance and earn their own bike.

The Children’s Food Trust – Mersey Waste Munchers (Merseyside & Halton): The Trust will set up 20 ‘Mersey Waste Muncher’ clubs – targeting young adults aged 16-25 and providing a two-day course, arming club leaders with the skills and support to establish cookery clubs that focus on reducing food waste. Clubs will receive funding, training and printed resources to teach others how to change their food waste behaviour.

Emmaus Merseyside – Upcycle It (Sefton): Upcycle It is about giving homeless people the skills to design and make attractive furniture and household accessories from waste otherwise destined for landfill. Customers at the Emmaus superstore in Seaforth will be buying the fashionable upcycled products created by volunteers.

Faiths4Change – Turning the Tables (Merseyside & Halton): Turning the Tables will deliver a series of learning workshops enabling people to gain skills to revitalise unwanted furniture and textiles, simultaneously contributing to an interactive artwork to be exhibited in Liverpool city centre next spring.

Granby Toxteth Development Trust – Recycle L1578 (Liverpool): The Trust will build upon their work with local disadvantaged communities, including whose first language isn’t English, to improve awareness of the opportunities to waste less and re-use and recycle more.

Halton Play Council – Scrapstore (Halton): Halton Play Council operates a re-use Scrapstore and children’s Play Resource Centre in Runcorn, which is open to the general public and community groups and supports the work of their children’s charity. The grant will help promote the Scrapstore to the local community and encourage more donations of reusable items like toys, furniture and textiles. Volunteers will be trained in the collection, repair and retail of these reusable resources.

HoneyRose Foundation – Storage Facility (St Helens): This project will provide improved storage facilities for the HoneyRose Foundation’s charity shops allowing increased re-use and recycling of furniture and other donated household materials. The facility will also provide a workshop area to facilitate the repair and reuse of items.

Liverpool Guild of Students – Leave Liverpool Tidy (Liverpool): Leave Liverpool Tidy is a reduce, reuse, and recycle project which aims to reduce the amount of reusable items going to landfill at the end of the academic year. The project will collect unwanted materials and redistribute cleaned and repaired items back to new students and the local community through free shops.

Neighbourhood Services Company – Reusing Waste Wood for Improved Environmental Facilities at Home Farm (Knowsley and Liverpool): The project will be located at NSC’s Home Farm in Croxteth Park and will re-use waste wood from domestic properties and gardens to improve visitor facilities and livestock conditions at the farm and provide training opportunities in re-use.

Sustrans – Eastham Centre Community Cycling Hub (Wirral): The Eastham Centre Community Cycling Hub delivers cycling activities to adults with learning difficulties and the local community. In this new project the Cycling Hub will employ a qualified bike mechanic to repair and maintain bicycles, upcycle old bicycles for reuse, and deliver bike maintenance courses to Centre users.


Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “It was a tough job having to sort through some excellent applications. The projects picked for funding really seem to understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside are one organisation to have previously benefitted from the Community Fund. Groundwork’s Project Manager, Jon Hutchinson, said: “MRWA’s Community Fund has been pivotal in enabling Project UP to establish a furniture upcycling base in Widnes. We teach young unemployed people how to restore beaten up items of furniture and we donate them back into the community. This year we also delivered a series of roadshow events teaching members of the public how to transform their own furniture and avoid throwing out perfectly usable items.”

Projects have until March 2017 to deliver their schemes.

The impact of the 2015/16 Community Fund saw 71 full time equivalent jobs created or safeguarded, participation by 253 volunteers, 680 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £68,000 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.



Note to editors

Picture captions of previous Community Fund projects (2015/16):
(G31A6563): Onya Bike scheme in Kensington – Left to right, MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stevenson, Onya volunteer Frank Maddocks and Kensington Vision CIC director Stephen Faragher inside the bike shop.
(G31A1694sml): Legh Vale Primary School in Haydock – pupils with headteacher Andy Howard (back, right) and MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stephenson (left) in the school garden.
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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Community Makers Market – mosaic making! (18th Nov 2015)

Staff from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority will be at the the Joseph Lappin Community Day this Saturday 21st November to help create a mosaic for the brand new Recycling Centre at Old Swan.

The ‘Swan Challenge Mosaic Workshop’ will see local community ceramic artist Bernie Hughes of Rainford Design Studio collect everyday items to create an attractive mosaic piece which will be unveiled at the new Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre in December. We are asking members of the public to bring along old ceramics like broken cups, plates and tiles to contribute to the feature. A book will record all of the names of the people who contribute.

We will also be asking local people to share memories which can be included in a special TIme Capsule which will be placed at the new Recycling Centre on November 28th.

Further details:

Fun activities for all the family. Have a great day out and support your local community!

Tasty food & Refreshments
Fun & Games
Arts & Crafts
Community Café
Music & Performance
Special guests

…and much more!

Free entry.

10am to 4pm Saturday 21st November
Joseph Lappin Centre
Mill Lane, Old Swan
L13 5TF

Tel: 0151 330 0552

Have your say about waste and recycling at the new Wirral Community Forum

Veolia and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) have announced a new Wirral Community Forum for waste and recycling and they want to hear from you!

New Community Forums are being established across Merseyside and Halton to help improve services, solve issues and problems and plan for future developments. The first Community Forum will be held in Wirral on 14th August 2014, Time: 4.00 pm – 6.00 pm at Bidston Recycling Park.

The new Community Forums will tell residents more about new developments and improvements to sites and services, as well as a chance to have your say and have your questions answered on waste and recycling in Wirral.

Veolia and MRWA provide recycling and waste services to more than 650,000 households across Merseyside and Halton, operating facilities including, 15 Household Waste and Recycling Centres, 4 Waste Transfer Stations and 2 Materials Recovery Facilities. The Community Forums will be focused on these key areas and will be open and free for anyone to attend.

Cllr Graham Morgan, MRWA Chairperson said: “We’re pleased to be establishing Community Forums across Merseyside and Halton so that residents can have their say on the services we deliver.”

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive said: “By listening to our customers and local residents we can understand what they need from our services.

Alex Paterson, Director of Veolia in Merseyside and Halton, said: “We are urging residents to attend their local Community Forum to find out more about our operations and we invite people to have their say so we can ensure we are providing the best service to residents in Merseyside and Halton.”

WIRRAL FORUM: Wirral Community Forum: 14th August 2014, Time: 4.00 pm-6.00 pm at Bidston Recycling Park, Wallasey Bridge Road, Wirral, CH41 1EB.

Community Forums will be taking place in each district of Merseyside and Halton throughout August, September and October for a full list and more information visit:

Notes to the Editor

(i)     About Veolia

We are committed to protecting the environment and improving the lives of the communities in which we operate and have been awarded a Queens Award for Enterprise in Sustainability Development and received a four star rating in Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index for 2014.

 Veolia is the global leader in optimised resource management. With over 200,000 employees* worldwide, the company designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, protect and conserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2013, Veolia supplied 94 million people with drinking water and 62 million people with wastewater service, produced 86 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 38 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia (Paris Euronext: VIE and NYSE: VE) recorded revenue of €22.3 billion* in 2013.*) Excluding Transdev employees and revenue currently under divestment

(ii)     Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (statutory name 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.

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