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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.”


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.

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

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

Save money and waste less this Christmas (1 Dec 2016)

Struggling to find gifts for loved ones? It’s never too late – just shop smart!

Local recycling officers are asking people to shop smart this Christmas in a bid to save money and create less waste.

December can be a time when we tend to overindulge, that’s why Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority have come up with tips to follow so local residents can slim their shopping, cut their clutter and make their money go further.

Councillor Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), said: “At this time of year you can end up with a lot of clutter around the house, too much food and a lot of paper, card and plastic which unnecessarily ends up in landfill. By planning what you buy, using what you already have, making lists and shopping smarter you will save yourself time and money as well as creating less waste.

“Food and clothes are two particular things that people can end up spending too much on, when there are ways of saving money and still getting what you want.”

Our top waste prevention tips:

• Before you go out shopping write a list and stick to it, as you’re less likely to make an impulsive and unnecessary buy which you didn’t need.

• When out shopping remember to take re-usable bags with you.

• Consider buying an experience for someone – concert tickets, a pampering day, or tickets to a tourist attraction.

• 30% of our clothes haven’t been worn in the last year so search the back of wardrobes and drawers to find your party outfit rather than buying a new one.

• Accessorise – bring an old outfit to life by customising it with some new additions.

• Instead of wrapping paper, use gift bags which have got a much longer life and can be used over and over again.

• When it comes to meals try planning in advance when and what you’re going to be cooking, that way you won’t buy too much. Research from Christmas 2015* showed that British shoppers spent £2.3bn on food items in the two weeks to Christmas – an 8.8% increase in food expenditure compared to the same period in 2014.

• Cook once eat twice – by carefully cooking more than you need and freezing the extra portions you can eat them another time.

• Non-frozen leftovers should be wrapped, kept in the fridge and eaten within two days. Use clear takeaway containers to help you see what you have left and maybe add the date on the packet when you put it in the freezer.

• If you’ve got a home composter then remember to add in Christmas leftovers like fruit and veg peelings. Also add unwanted paper and card. And if you haven’t got a composter, then maybe ask for one as a gift!

• Remember to take full advantage of your local Household Waste Recycling Centre. There are 14 throughout Merseyside with most accepting a whole host of items such as cans, cardboard, real Christmas trees, glass jars and bottles, paper, scrap metal, textiles, toys and white goods. All the Centres accept electrical items.

• If there are items like toys, electrical items, bric-a-brac you don’t need after Christmas, you could donate them to the Emmaus Community Reuse Shop at our South Sefton Recycling Centre.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “A huge amount of rubbish is generated at this time of year but alongside that there is a great opportunity to promote a message of saving money, consuming less, creating less waste and recycling as much as we can.”

For more recycling and waste prevention tips and Christmas recipe ideas visit

Notes to editor:


Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is a statutory authority established in 1986, following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, to undertake the household waste disposal functions for local authorities across Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and the safe and effective disposal of household waste for Merseyside’s residents.

The Merseyside and Halton Waste Partnership is made up of MRWA, plus the District Councils of Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley.

Media enquiries:

John Lally
Marketing and Communications Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2568
General enquiries: 0151 255 1444

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.


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!”







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: – quoting The Edge Event


  • Organisations signed up to the event include:

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

  • 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

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