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Seaforth Charity Emmaus Celebrates Major Milestone

A Sefton charity is looking to expand just months after opening the doors of a Seaforth superstore selling quality used furniture.

The Recycling Superstore in Sandy Road only opened in June but operators Emmaus Merseyside are already looking for space to add to their 7,000 square foot base after selling 5 tonnes of furniture in just one month.

The project is backed by a £14,500 grant from the Community Fund operated by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA). Emmaus Merseyside was set up to stop used furniture going to landfill and to provide local homeless people with new residential accommodation. In addition, they offer training and work opportunities together with personal support to enable people to rebuild their lives and move on to live independently.

Nigel Mellor, of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “The first few months have been incredible – both in terms of the amount and quality furniture that has been donated and the volume of furniture we’ve then managed to sell to the public.

“Last month alone over 5 tonnes of furniture went out of here – that’s 5 tonnes save from landfill and all helps towards our aim of supporting local homeless people. We’re now looking at additional storage space so we can collect even more donations from the public.”

Donations so far range from regular domestic furniture to office suites, Rosenthal soup bowls, pre-loved clothing and even a parrot cage.

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Recycling Superstore is such a great idea and has proved its value already in simply diverting furniture from landfill. The opening of the new homeless hostel it supports will mean even more people in the community reap the benefits.”

Emmaus Merseyside’s new 28 bed supported housing scheme is currently under construction and will open in the spring.

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MRWA chief executive Carl Beer, right,  is pictured with Nigel Mellor outside the superstore.

Note to editors

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

Further information from Jon Flinn on 0151 709 0505

Allotment gets greener with recycling grant

Knowsley allotment holders are getting to grips with polytunnels and rain butts after winning funding from the region’s waste and recycling authority to improve their eco-credentials.

The Friends of Halsnead Allotment Group in Whiston were given £1,500 from the Community Fund operated by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

They are using the money to capture and recycle rainwater; create new paths from shredded hedge cuttings, improve composting and repair their old polytunnel so they can continue growing organic vegetables.

Tina Cinnamond, of the Friends, said: “It’s a small amount of money but makes a big, big difference because we are all volunteers. We’re very environmentally conscious as a group and the grant gives us funding to pursue some of our ideas.”

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MRWA chief executive Carl Beer and Waste Stratetgy Manager Stuart Donaldson with Halsnead pupils visiting the allotment site

MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Friends of Halsnead are a dedicated team who work very closely with the rest of the community so we know our modest investment will have an impact both within the allotments themselves and in the community further afield.”

The Halsnead site was previously an unused, overgrown and derelict area next to current Halsnead School in Pennywood Drive before being transformed into allotments. The Friends, who work closely with the school, using the allotments as an education tool, ultimately hope their recycling efforts will find new uses for around 3 tonnes of allotment waste which would otherwise have gone into landfill.

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MRWA chief executive Carl Beer and Waste Stratetgy Manager Stuart Donaldson with Halsnead pupils visiting the allotment site.

MRWA Waste Strategy Manager Stuart Donaldson with the Friends of Halsnead Allotment Group

 

Note to editors

  1. The MRWA Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
  1. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia Environmental Services) 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) 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.

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO JON FLINN ON 0151 709 0505

 

Liverpool City Region hosts waste and resources European conference

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) last week welcomed waste management experts from the UK and Europe for a conference about the future of global resource management.

Delegates came to debate cutting-edge research into waste and resources during a two-day General Assembly of the European Commission’s WASTECOSMART project, which spans seven countries: Belgium, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden.

Each country partner has its own three-member ‘cluster’ of academic, business and public authority. The UK Liverpool City Region cluster is made up of the University of Central Lancashire (Centre for Waste Management), C-Tech Innovation Ltd and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

The meeting, which was organised by MRWA, saw the partners each present and share work, research and best practice from their own regions and areas of expertise.

Acknowledging the importance of information exchange across European region, Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “It’s very important to pool our knowledge with people from outside our normal boundaries. Some partners will be similar in approach, some will be different, and we’re all at various levels of where we want to be, but one thing we do have in common is that we can all learn from each other, both the successes and the failures.”

Established in 2013, the WASTECOSMART project is funded by the European Union’s Regions of Knowledge programme, and is looking for its partners to collaborate and invest more in sustainable growth with an emphasis on reduction of waste, innovative waste management and resource efficiency.

It is aligned with the EU Waste Framework Directive that established a five step waste hierarchy, which outlines prevention as the most preferred option, followed by re-use/recycling, recovery, and finally disposal. Focus is given to modern manufacturing methods, eco-design, the reduction of packaging and collaboration with industry, the third sector and consumers.

In this context, the WASTECOSMART partners are developing and testing a Decision Support Framework for Waste Management that will help regional policy makers and practitioners make informed decisions regarding their waste management strategy. It will see a toolkit created which can be shared across Europe to help partners overcome their own waste challenges.

The trip also gave the opportunity to show off the Merseyside’s own waste management assets and examples of good practice, such as the Gillmoss Materials Recycling Facility and the award-winning recycling and re-use social enterprise Bulky Bob’s.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome our European partners to the region. We can learn a lot from their experiences, as they can from us. It was certainly an eye opener to have all of these countries in one room at the same time!”

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Notes to editors:

The attached photographs show delegates at the summit at MRWA offices in Liverpool.

WASTECOSMART stands for Optimisation of Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategies for the Maximisation of Resource Efficiency (www.wastecosmart.eu).

For the project, six research-driven triple helix clusters (science, industry and public sector) have been formed in Paphos (CY), Central Hungary, Piedmont (IT), Amsterdam (NL), Stockholm (SE) and Liverpool City Region (UK), complemented by waste and communication firm Greenovate (BE). WASTECOSMART also collaborates with international partners from Brazil, Mexico and India to promote international collaboration and opportunities in waste management.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (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 13 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

C-Tech Innovation (www.ctechinnovation.com) is an innovation management and technology development consultancy, with an international reputation in the areas of resource efficiency and business sustainability. Working one-to-one with clients we provide end-to-end tailored support allowing organisations to realise commercial success through technologies, products and services with genuine sustainability credentials.

Media contact:

John Lally
PR and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct telephone: 0151 255 2568
General telephone: 0151 255 1444
John.lally@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Merseyside Recycling Centres switch to shorter winter hours

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

From Wednesday 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 13 Household Waste Recycling Centres in the region. They are operated by Veolia Environmental Services on behalf of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA).

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Merseyside householders can use the Centres to recycle a host of items – from cans, car batteries and cardboard to garden waste, glass, paper, scrap metal, textiles and timber, and more.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:   The pictures attached show Ravenhead Household Waste Recycling Centre in St. Helens.

From October 1st 2014 until March 31st 2015 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 –
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 13 Household Waste Recycling Facilities. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk