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Kirkby charity furnishing young people with restoration skills (7th Nov, 2017)

Local organisation helps young people learn through bicycle and furniture refurbishment

Remake, Re-use, Recycle is the mantra for a charity in Knowsley which is giving disadvantaged young people a helping hand by training them in practical refurbishment and repairing skills.

The Kirkby-based Centre 63 has used money from a local waste prevention fund to establish the ReMake Yourself Hub, which is working to equip vulnerable young people with a range of upcycling abilities to repair unwanted furniture and bicycles.

Centre 63 is a Church of England Youth Centre which provides community education, activities, initiatives and recreation for young people in Knowsley and Liverpool. The £15,000 of funding for the project has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally.

Jeane Lowe, Centre 63 Manager, said: “In providing work experience and accredited courses we are guaranteeing improved knowledge, skills and qualifications for young people in the area.”

The bike repair scheme is giving young people the opportunity to learn about cycle repair and maintenance, as well as earn their own bike so that they are better able to access education, training and employment.

The upholstery training includes hands on skills such as assembling and repairing furniture, machinist techniques, manual work and cleaning, repairing and refurbishing old furniture. Students will also be taught to repurpose items, such as using carpentry work to transform reclaimed wood into shelving, cupboards and tables.

Materials for the work come from vacant properties and public donations. Centre 63 is hoping to open a pop-up shop in Kirkby town centre on a temporary basis where the refurbished items can be sold to the public.

By the end of the Community Fund project in March 2018, Centre 63 expects that they will have:
• Delivered six 4-week ‘earn a bike and bicycle’ maintenance workshops to a minimum of 120 young people aged 16-25.
• Provided a bike lending scheme to 140 members of the wider community who have low incomes and transportation difficulties.
• Supported young people to have refurbished 250 bikes for the wider community.
• Engaged twelve young people through Centre 63’s Tenancy Support Programme to undertake volunteering and training in upholstery.
• Diverted 380 bikes and 18 tonnes of material from landfill.

Sisters Sammy and Kim Dumont are just two young people for who the scheme has made a difference. Sammy said: “The Remake Yourself Hub has been so good for me and my sister; it has helped us to grow in confidence and gives us something useful to do. Knowing that we are helping others by upcycling high quality furniture makes us feel so valued.

“Without the project we wouldn’t know what to do with ourselves, we have gained lots of skills, met lovely women in the group and have made some lovely things for our own homes out of unwanted materials. The project is brilliant and we should have more of them around.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “It’s inspiring to see the effect this project is having by equipping young people – who may not have had too many opportunities recently – with valuable new abilities, as well as giving them the confidence and reassurance that they can learn new skills.

“The cherry on the cake is that this project is giving a new lease of life to old furniture and bikes, meaning valuable materials will be diverted from landfill. The ReMake Yourself Hub is the exact type of project that the Community Fund is made for.”

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Notes to editors

Image captions: Work experience students refurbishing old furniture in the Centre 63 workshop. Larger file sizes are available.

MRWA 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. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2017/18 has seen twelve community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions. For more information see http://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/community-fund/mrwa-community-fund-201718/

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444
www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/merseysiderwa
www.facebook.com/merseysiderwa

Early years settings teach families how to cook healthy food and reduce waste

Nursery and Children’s Centre staff will be helping their children and families to cook and throw away less food thanks to the Mersey Waste Munchers.

20 early years settings from Merseyside and Halton will be taking part in training that teaches essential cooking skills and how to reduce food waste, so they can pass on their knowledge to the children and families they work with.

Mersey Waste Munchers, is run by the Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking experts and funded for a third year by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

Claire Brennan, Health Promotion Worker/Deputy co-ordinator, at Garston Children’s Centre said: “This training will help the families as it will engage them to cook healthily and also understand the key food waste messages so they will minimize the amount of food they waste. They will learn that they can cook healthy food on a budget and save money for their family.”

Commenting on the recent delivery of the training, Maggie Sims, the Children’s Food Trust’s Head of Cookery, said: “We’re thrilled to have had this opportunity to take healthy cooking and waste prevention skills to young children and their families. We know that when children eat better they do better, so it’s never too early to start. Getting little ones excited about different tastes and textures is a brilliant way to get them off to a great start with their diet and create a lifelong healthy relationship with food.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “Improving cookery skills is an important way to help reduce the amount of food thrown away on Merseyside, which costs families on average £700 a year. This is the fourth year we’ve put funding into the Mersey Waste Munchers project as it’s such a practical way to get people thinking about food and waste as a resource to be valued and not something that can just be thrown away.”

Since the first Mersey Waste Munchers projects started in 2014, participants have reported:

• 92% plan meals more efficiently by creating a list before shopping
• 64% chill or freeze leftovers to eat later instead of throwing away
• 70% avoid waste by checking the ‘use-by’ dates on packets and buying foods which aren’t about to go out of date
• 87% of families stated that they feel they have reduced the overall amount of food wasted by their family since their involvement with the project.

In the UK, 4.4 million tonnes of avoidable food and drink is wasted each year, worth £13 billion.

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For media enquiries, please call 07825 304799 or email media@childrensfoodtrust.org.uk

Notes to editors:

The Children’s Food Trust is a national charity on a mission to get every child eating better: at home, in childcare, at school and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @childfoodtrust and like us on Facebook. Registered charity number 1118995. The Trust sadly ceased trading at the end of September 2017.

(i) The MRWA and Veoila Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) 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.
More information at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Twitter: @MerseysideRWA Facebook: MerseysideRWA

MERSEYSIDE RECYCLING CENTRES SWITCH TO SHORTER WINTER HOURS

Merseyside’s Recycling Centres are set to switch to their shorter winter opening hours.

From this Sunday 1st October the Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm* – changing from the summer hours of 8.00am to 8.00pm.

There are 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by resource management company Veolia on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “We shorten the hours over the winter to coincide with the darker nights over the forthcoming months. Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass bottles and jars, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.”

If you’re planning to visit a Recycling Centre in a van or with a long trailer then you will need a Permit to get in – visit www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or call 0151 236 0305. Alternatively download the Merseyside Recycling app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

From October 1st 2017 until March 31st 2018 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 5.00pm*. The Centres are located at:

Knowsley –
Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR

Liverpool –
Old Swan – Cheadle Avenue – L13 3AF
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR

Sefton –
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE

St Helens –
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
*Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA

Wirral –
Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 4JZ
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

 

*NB:
Rainhill:
Monday to Friday: Open 8.00am-5.00pm
Saturdays: Open 9.00am-5.00pm
Sundays: Open 9.00am–3.00pm

 

MRWA 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. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

Charity’s re-use initiative celebrates success (24 Feb 2017)

A unique charity is celebrating after its new furniture reuse project has gone from strength to strength.

The HoneyRose Foundation is the only UK charity that helps grant special wishes to adults (age 40+) from all over the United Kingdom, (and over 20 years of age in the Merseyside area) who are suffering from life threatening illnesses. It’s project team in St Helens has recently been supported with a £3000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

The project aims to repair and upcycle a range of furniture and other household items to be sold at affordable prices at the charity’s shop in the centre of St Helens. The grant has assisted the charity in acquiring an improved storage facility, and in the future the development of a workshop area, for furniture and other household items donated for reuse and recycling. In addition the charity supports a range of other initiatives including training, job and volunteer opportunities for local people.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We’re thrilled with the success of this project – by supporting the HoneyRose Foundation with resources to develop the new storage unit, it’s enabled them to collect, reuse and repair huge quantities of furniture and household items, which would otherwise have been thrown away and sent to landfill. They’ve been able to give all of these things a ‘second life’ in homes across the local area.”

Cllr Alan Cunliffe, MRWA’s St Helens Council member said: “This is an excellent local project that’s delivering a great service to communities across St Helens and the Authority is pleased that through the Community Fund grant we can contribute to its success.”

Billy Duffy, Chairman, from HoneyRose Foundation said: “The support of the MRWA has been invaluable in helping us with this project, and the donations of goods from the local community has out stripped all of our estimates….a massive thank you.”

The support will continue until the end of March this year, and project leaders are already making plans to continue the project which will be integrated into the charity’s local operations.

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PICTURE CAPTION:  Left to right (front row) Dave Roberts (HoneyRose Foundation), Christine O’Brien (Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority), Lynn Duffy MBE (Founder HoneyRose Foundation)
Left to right (back row) Tom Kelsall (HoneyRose Foundation, Cllr Alan Cunliffe Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority St. Helens Council member, Billy Duffy (HoneyRose Foundation),

Media contact: Colette Gill, MRWA Communications and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0151 255 2527 colette.gill@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Notes for Editors
(i) The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) 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.
(iv) More information at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Twitter: @MerseysideRWA             Facebook: MerseysideRWA
(v) More information about the Honey Rose Foundation can be found at www.honeyrosefoundation.org.uk

Beer, Bikes and Buffet: A re-use and upcycling marketplace

The best and brightest of Merseyside’s circular economy will be showcasing their offerings at a ‘marketplace’ event in Liverpool next week (Wednesday 22nd June).

As part of the International Festival of Business 2016 Edge fringe festival, the event (Beer, Bikes and Buffet: A re-use marketplace on how to upcycle your business) will see a dozen local organisations set up stalls to promote themselves, good practice in resource efficiency and to sell their products to IFB delegates.

Organised jointly by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Groundwork CLM, Beer, Bikes and Buffet is taking place at Constellations (pictured below) in the city’s Baltic Triangle, and will promote the business benefits of re-use, recycling and waste prevention. There will be workshops, demonstrations, produce and products from a wide range of local businesses, social enterprises and community organisations throughout the day.

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Those already signed up include food producers and nutritionists, furniture upcyclers, a bike refurbishment enterprise, local charities and an urban farm.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Getting all these organisations together in one place at the same time will help showcase just how much is going on with the region’s circular economy. The IFB Edge fringe festival is the ideal opportunity to promote this all as one – saving resources, reducing food waste, giving unwanted things a new lease of life, cutting carbon and congestion and improving lifestyles.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’re hoping to attract IFB delegates on the day, but the invitation is open to all – there’ll be something for everyone!”

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Event details:

Venue: Constellations, 35-39 Greenland Street, Liverpool L1 0BS
Date: Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Time: 1.00pm to 6.00pm
To book your place:
Tel: 0151 255 1444 or Email: enquiries@merseysidewda.gov.uk – quoting The Edge Event

 

  • Organisations signed up to the event include:

Bulky Bobs FRC
Emmaus
Faiths4Change
Groundwork’s Project UP
Total Reuse
Used Kitchen Company
Liverpool Food People
Squash Nutrition
Fritto Italian Street Food
Farm Urban
MerseyCycle
MRWA
Veolia

  • 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.
  • The Edge is an innovative, creative and dynamic programme of events and activities all of which have been designed to ensure that businesses in the City Region derive maximum tangible benefits from the International Festival of Business 2016 (IFB 2016). The Edge will incorporate three main event types throughout: Conversations With, How To’s, and Provocations.

 

John Lally

Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444
www.merseysidewda.gov.uk
www.twitter.com/merseysiderwa
www.facebook.com/merseysiderwa

Community bike shop puts residents on road to work (20 Jan 2015)

A community bicycle organisation in one of Liverpool’s most deprived wards has helped hundreds of residents get on the road to work by repairing and reusing donated bikes and selling them on to local people at bargain prices.

The Onya Bike scheme in Kensington has sold more than 200 bikes – most of them to customers needing cheap transport for work– since it was set up nearly 18 months ago.

The scheme, backed by a £5,000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund, relies on unwanted bikes donated by the public and online auction sites . Bikes are then refurbished and made roadworthy by volunteer cycle mechanics.

Stephen Faragher, director of Kensington Vision CIC, which runs the Holt Road project, said: “We’ve had a great response from local people. We buy some bikes cheap on auction sites but we get about 20 bikes donated every month. We’ve got so many waiting to be fixed up or stripped down, we’ve had to take on extra storage space.
“We sell an average of five or six bikes a week. The vast majority are people who need something to get to work on.”

The shop, which also repairs customers’ own bikes, sells cycles for an average of around £40 each but charges more for some of its more unusual stock.
Mr Faragher said: “Mountain bikes are obviously popular but it’s surprising how many people are interested in folding bikes, and old racers as well. We’ve even got a rickshaw waiting to be prepared for sale and a World War II adults’ tricycle which is ready to go.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, said: “The Community Fund is about encouraging people to re-use and recycle resources. Onya Bike is doing just that and playing a big part in helping people in a very deprived area access employment opportunities and get healthy at the same time.”
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Picture caption: 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.

Note to editors
1. The MRWA 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) 14 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.

Media enquiries to Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505

Mayor opens new Liverpool Recycling Centre in Old Swan (21 Dec 2015)

The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, and Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), have today (21st December 2015) cut the ribbon on a new £1.4 million new Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre, in Liverpool.

The New Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) off Cheadle Avenue in Old Swan will provide badly needed facilities for the north of the city and relieve pressure on the Otterspool site in Aigburth – which was the only HWRC within the Liverpool City Council boundary.

Members of the public will be able to use the Recycling Centre to bring all sorts of household items from paper, cardboard and bottles, to larger items such as white goods, televisions and furniture, plus lots more beside.

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool said: “This is a facility which has been needed for a long time and will be particularly welcomed by those people who find it difficult to travel to Otterspool, the only alternative site in the city. We have a 55% target for recycling of our waste and the new Centre will play a significant role in helping us achieve that, creating a cleaner and greener city for all.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to work with our partners in Liverpool City Council to deliver this much needed Centre, and we are excited to be opening the site to the public today. This is a modern, efficient and well laid out waste recycling facility, and is good news for residents in the north of the city because they will now have a much shorter drive to recycle their unwanted items.”

The new Recycling Centre will handle up to 15,000-tonnes of recyclable material each year and provide a greater range of recycling containers and a canopy to shield visitors from bad weather. When open the Recycling Centre will be managed by MRWA’s contractor Veolia Environmental Services.

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Notes for Editors:

1. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 14 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.

3. Find out more at: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk www.twitter.com/MerseysideRWA and www.facebook.com/MerseysideRWA

Mersey recycling officers look to the future (11th Dec 2015)

Local waste and recycling officers have left a calling card for future generations by burying a time capsule at a new Recycling Centre in Liverpool.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) has placed the capsule in the brand new Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre – with strict instructions for the capsule not to be re-opened for another 25 years.

Help to organise and bury the time capsule came from the local 22nd St David’s Brownies Liverpool Unit, their parents, and staff from Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd – the company who built the Recycling Centre.

The capsule is currently being registered with the International Time Capsule Society in London. It includes details of how the new Recycling Centre was planned and built, a description of what life is like in 2015, a list of the current top ten books, a list of how much daily items cost today and a newspaper.

It is hoped that some of the Brownies who helped bury the capsule will attend its re-opening in the year 2040!

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “The Brownie’s had the idea of working with us to create a time capsule at the new Recycling Centre which is really exciting as it’s not something we’ve ever considered before.

“It’s been fascinating trying to think what facets of life in 2015 might be of interest to people in 2040. Likewise, if you think about how much has changed since 1990, especially in the waste management industry, it’s just as interesting to consider what changes may have occurred in 25 years’ time. I guess we’ll have to wait and see!”

The time capsule is part of MRWA’s community engagement. Other elements have included a recycling fashion show, workshops and a musical performance at the Museum of Liverpool. Staff also attended the Old Swan Community Market at the Joseph Lappin Centre where local residents were invited to place pieces of pottery into a swan mosaic art feature which will eventually be displayed permanently at the new Recycling Centre. This drive is to help go toward achieving the highly coveted environmental and sustainability CEEQUAL Award for the new Old Swan Centre.

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Helen Bell of St David’s Brownies said: “We were really excited to get involved with the Authority for this project as it’s a major community facility right on our doorstep. From the fashion show and workshops to the time capsule itself, our girls have had a lot of fun and learned a lot about recycling and re-use!”

The Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre is due to open on December 21st 2015.

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Picture captions:

Main – Brownies Grace and Ava (in foreground), with Brownie Guider Kim Eyres (back left) and MRWA Officer Chris O’Brien (back right).

Insert – Brownies and families, with MRWA and Cheetham Hill Construction staff, and the time capsule.

Full list of time capsule contents:

  • Details of how the site was planned and built
  • A time lapse video of the construction
  • Information on the people who built the site (Cheetham Hill Construction)
  • A description of what life is like for Brownies today in 2015
  • Ugly Duckling and Swan masks and photos from a recent Recycling Fashion Show
  • A Brownie environmental badge
  • Descriptions of what we think life will be like in 25 years’ time (2040)
  • A mobile phone and charger
  • A list of the current top ten books
  • A list of how much daily items cost (e.g. food, utilities)
  • A Metro newspaper
  • Blu-Ray of the movie Wall-E (a film about a trash-collecting robot)
  • A menu from a local restaurant
  • A USB stick with various photographs and other information

Media enquiries: John Lally, 0151 255 2568 / john.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk  

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
Liverpool
L13 5TF

Tel: 0151 330 0552

Primary pupils spearhead permaculture revolution (14th Nov 2015)

Primary school pupils hope to spearhead a permaculture revolution by transforming their school garden with re-used car tyres and carpet, and composted kitchen waste.

Youngsters at Legh Vale Primary in Haydock have just received their second prestigious green flag award for their sustainable school garden but are hoping to boost their environmental credentials by creating a permaculture showcase in the grounds from re-used and recycled materials.

Pupils, who have won £4,400 from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia’s Community Fund for their latest project, will transform the space re-using tyres for planters and banks, carpets for weed barriers, canteen waste as compost and host of other items which would otherwise end up in landfill.

Legh Vale Primary headteacher Andy Howard said: “We’re in the middle of Haydock but have lovely grounds that we make the most of. We’ve had a sustainable garden since 2012 but wanted to take things further to really encourage recycling and reuse of waste.

“The idea is to use it to promote simple and innovative ideas to a wider local audience so they can find new ways to reduce waste and have fun doing it.”

The school plans to use the permaculture garden for a series of teacher training sessions (led by specialists, Ecolibrium) and other events encouraging local families to recycle and reuse more of their own household waste.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The great thing about the Legh Vale project is that it is not just encouraging the school’s pupils to become more aware of recycling and waste.

“It’s got real potential to help the whole community change the way they treat household waste and so has an invaluable role to play in reducing Merseyside’s reliance on landfill.”

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Picture caption
Images show Legh Vale pupils with headteacher Andy Howard (back, right) and MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stephenson in the school garden.

Note to editors
1. The MRWA 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.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO JON FLINN ON 0151 709 0505