Mersey Community Groups Funded to the tune of £115,000

Fourteen community groups from Merseyside and Halton have received funding to help boost recycling, re-use and waste prevention in the region.

£115,000 is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which has been running annually since 2006. The financial support will help the selected groups to reduce waste, encourage recycling and materials re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.

Some of the projects funded include:

  • The reduction of food waste through cookery clubs and growing local produce
  • Re-using and upcycling unwanted furniture
  • Creative sewing classes to encourage textiles re-use
  • Creating a school garden green space with used plastic bottles
  • A pop-up re-use shop selling donated goods
  • Refurbishing and redistributing furniture, clothes and tools

Successful applicants have been awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across Merseyside and Halton, and up to £8,000 for projects which work solely at local authority level.

Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA, said:

“Giving local groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“These projects can have a significant impact on their local community and make Merseyside and Halton a cleaner and greener place for us all to live and work.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said:

“The successful applications made it clear that they understand the importance of resource efficiency and community education. We’re really looking forward to seeing what they achieve.”

This year projects must 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 Merseyside and Halton in 2016 highlighted that a greater amount of these materials could be re-used or recycled.

The impact of the 2017/18 Fund saw 12 projects deliver 28 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 479 volunteers, 29,178 people directly engaged and 1024 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill.

Projects have until March 2019 to deliver their schemes.

The £115,000 Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund for 2018/19 has launched! Deadline 28th February 2018

The funding has been made available for Merseyside and Halton community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use and prevent carbon emissions.

The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

What are we looking for?

Previous Community Fund projects have included:

– creating a sensory learning garden from re-used materials in St Helens
– the development of a shop in Wirral to sell used clothes
– the repair and re-use of unused furniture for redistribution to the local community in Halton
– cookery skills clubs to help reduce food waste across Merseyside and Halton
– sewing classes in Knowsley
– timber waste re-use at a local community farm in Liverpool
– improving online retail skills for a charity shop in Sefton

This year bids must 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 Merseyside and Halton in 2016 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, metals.

What should I do next?

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA.

If applicants are shortlisted then they will be asked to fill in a more detailed Community Fund entry.

Projects will have ten months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June 2018.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (pdf)
– Download the Stage 1 Expression of Interest Form (Word)
– Download the Guidance (pdf)
– Download the Terms and Conditions (pdf)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: 28th February 2018

Contact the Authority by:

Email: communityfund2018-19@merseysidewda.gov.uk
Telephone: 0151 255 1444

Hop on the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) bus for some recycling advice!

An ‘Advice Bus’ roadshow hits the street next week with all the answers to your recycling questions.

Next week sees the launch of a new ‘recycling surgery’ roadshow across the Merseyside and Halton region.

The Advice Bus, which is supported by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and its contractor Veolia, will be touring a range of locations and with local council support will be able to solve your recycling problems and questions.

The bus will visit a range of venues including:

 DATE             VENUE                                                                                              TIME

22nd May        Widnes Town Centre (Green Oaks Shopping Centre)         10.00am – 12.00pm

                        Greenoaks Shopping Centre,  WA8 6AU

22nd May        Runcorn New Town (Trident Retail Shopping Park)           1.00pm – 4.00pm

                        Trident Retail Park, WA7 2FQ

23rd May        Runcorn Old Town                                                                        10.00am – 12.00pm

Old Town, Market Church Street, WA7 1LR

23rd May        New Brighton (Fort Perch Rock carpark)                                1.00pm – 4.00pm

                        Fort Perch Rock, Marine Promenade, New Brighton. Wallasey CH45 2JU (carpark)

24th May         Birkenhead Precinct (by ASDA)                                                 10.00am – 4.00pm

                        222 Grange Road, Birkenhead CH41 6EB (on the precinct outside ASDA)

25th May         Park and Ride Southport                                                             10.00am – 4.00pm

                        Park & Ride (Southport Eco Centre)

26th May         Liverpool                                                                                          10.00am – 12.00pm

                        To be confirmed on Monday 22nd May

26th May         Knowsley                                

 1.00pm – 4.00pm

                          Forum end of Derby Road, Huyton Village

The distinctive bus – which is being supplied by resource management company, Veolia – will also as be promoting recycling opportunities at the regions 16 Household Waste Recycling Centres.  The free-to-use centres are located across neighbourhoods so that householders can recycle and dispose of items from their own homes – everything from grass cuttings to mattresses. Most centres can recycle more than 40 different items and materials.

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive said: “This is a trial project – with partners from all of our councils joining up to get out into the community, and speak with residents and communities.

We think that this more joined up approach – being closer to the doorsteps of the people we provide services for – will prove to be a big hit.  We’d encourage everyone to come along – find out more about the recycling collection in your area – and ask any questions you might have to the people who deliver your recycling services.”

Jeff Sears, Director of Veolia in Merseyside and Halton said:  “The roadshows are a great opportunity to meet the recycling advisors, who will be on hand to explain more about your recycling, what items can go in your bin and also what to do with items that can’t go in. Visitors that we meet at our Recycling Discovery Centre’s often ask these questions, so we hope this project can clear up any confusion when it comes to recycling.”