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Up, up and away: free furniture recycling workshop in Sefton (22 Sept 2015)

Merseyside residents will get free lessons in upcycling old furniture when a novel roadshow designed to reduce the amount of waste in landfill arrives in the borough later this month.

Experts from Project UP – funded by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) – will lead free furniture restoration workshops for visitors to the YMCA Community Re-use Shop at South Sefton Household Waste Recycling Centre on September 30th.

There will be two workshop sessions: 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. There are 10 places on each session and places are filing up fast. To book on please email

Jon Hutchinson of Project UP said: “So many people think they have no handiwork skills but it really is so easy to transform an old bit of furniture into something that looks great.

“We’ll be showing visitors to the centre some basic skills to get them started and helping them realise just how much can be done with old bits of furniture.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, MRWA Chairperson: “Project UP is a brilliant initiative and the workshops are a great chance to learn some new skills, get a ‘new’ piece of furniture and help reduce the amount of waste that goes in to landfill sites at the same time.”

Project UP is run by Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseyside, and was awarded a £19,500 grant from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s Community Fund to deliver up to 20 upcycling workshops for the public and provide upcycling training for young people not in education or employment.

It has a permanent workshop in Widnes where young trainees learn the skills needed to restore furniture which is either then sold through the Project Up shop or donated to vulnerable local households.


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 Environmental Services) 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