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Barcelona spotlight on recycling at Liverpool Farms (30 Nov 2015)

Two Merseyside farms are attracting international attention after launching a reuse and recycling project to save hundreds of tonnes of waste wood from landfill.

The project at Larkin’s Farm and Home Farm in Croxteth is transforming used furniture and garden fences from around Merseyside into sawdust for animal bedding, wood chippings for paths, bird boxes and railings at the popular attractions.

The Neighbourhood Services Company project, funded by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund, has been made a European demonstration project and attracted interest from Spain.

Alan Johnson of the Neighbourhood Services Company (NsC) said: “We employ people of all ages to reuse and recycle the wood we receive and would-be social entrepreneurs from Barcelona came over to see what they could learn about creating sustainable youth employment from similar schemes in their own city.”

The project, which received £17,500 from MRWA’s community fund, also aims to promote reuse and recycling closer to home by directly targeting visitors to both farm attractions as well as local schools and  people with learning difficulties – as well as saving 310 tonnes of waste material from landfill.

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “Community Fund investments are never simply about reducing environmental impact. There’s always a host of other benefits that ripple out and this is a great example of that.

“It’s great to have international acknowledgement of the project’s Merseyside success.”

The Neighbourhood Services Company has previously hosted visits from Lithuanian and Romanian delegations interested in transforming recycling projects into sustainable new businesses.


Note to editors

  1. The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
  2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) 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.
  4. 4. For information regarding the project or Neighbourhood Services Company, please contact Alan Johnson on 0151-546-5514.