City region community groups secure funding to help cut waste

Community groups have been awarded a share of £115,000 to help the Liverpool City Region reduce, re-use and recycle more.

The money has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 19/20, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling initiatives.

The 11 organisations came through a two-stage process to clinch the funding which will give them the financial resource to deliver waste-reducing behavioural change projects across the region.

Programmes include cookery clubs to reduce food waste, community recycling hubs, sewing classes and craft clubs, a recycling guide, upcycling and restoration of unwanted furniture, clothes recycling and a school uniform exchange.

Project applications had to tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely food, plastics, textiles and furniture.

An analysis of waste in the Liverpool City Region highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled. Projects can also include other household waste materials, for example, paper, card and metals.

The successful projects are:
  1. British Dietetic AssociationLet’s Get Saving in Merseyside. Training community clubs and schools to raise awareness of and to help reduce household food waste.
  2. Community Integrated CareRecycling Specialist. To recruit a waste prevention specialist at one of Britain’s biggest social care charities.
  3. Halton Play CouncilRecycling for Craft Groups. The Runcorn-based project will deliver workshops for the local community in sewing (for clothes repair and alternations) and crafts, to help increase re-use of unwanted items.
  4. Faiths4ChangeGreen Up Northwood. Four environmental champions will work with the Kirkby community to help reduce waste using a ‘Green Up Northwood’ recycling guide.
  5. Centre 63Remake Yourself Hub. Refurbished furniture from house clearances will be distributed free of charge to local residents in need. Will also run demonstrations on how to upcycle unwanted furniture.
  6. Bulky Bob’sAmazing Rugs. Rugs collected as part of the bulky household waste collection with Liverpool City Council will be deep cleaned with the majority given for free to people in need, and some sold at very low prices to low income families.
  7. Emmaus MerseysideRecycle Plus. The money will be used to furnish new premises in which donated and reclaimed furniture will be upcycled and restored, as well as run a school uniform exchange scheme.
  8. Feelgood Factory Eat Well Waste Less. Will run a series of workshops in order to teach people how to cook family meals from scratch using fresh ingredients, using up leftovers and correct food storage.
  9. Sefton Council for Voluntary ServiceMaterial Matters. A partnership between Sefton CVS, Southport Foodbank and South Sefton Foodbank will form the basis of a collaborative venture working alongside and engaging with the School Uniform Banks. The aim of the project is to develop an infrastructure that will support ease of access to second-hand clothing and bedding for individuals at risk of social exclusion.
  10. Changing Communities CICReStore St Helens. The money will be used for staff support at the ReStore shop in Sutton which sees volunteers upcycle donated/unwanted furniture which is then sold to the general public.
  11. Wirral Environmental Network Wirral Furniture Reuse. This multi-agency project will host furniture swap days at community centres across the Wirral as well as train local residents to restore furniture through techniques such as cleaning, sanding, repairing and painting.

About Author: Lawrence Saunders

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