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.”

The Emmaus furniture transformation project ‘Upcycle It’ supporting homeless initiatives

A project supporting homeless people in Sefton is using upcycling and furniture restoration training to enable homeless and unemployed people to get back into their own accommodation and gain valuable employment skills.

The ‘Upcycle It (Sefton) Project is run by the Emmaus Merseyside charity, and has been supported by a £8,000 Community Fund Grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund to set up the project which produces a range of upcycled and restored furniture to be sold in their Superstore in Sefton.

The project is currently training 6 individuals including Margi Allen who said “The Up-Cycle It project is great. We get training in how to change old shabby pieces of furniture into attractive articles again. We improve our skills whilst things that might be thrown away can be given a new life! Everyone wins!”

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Board of Trustees for Emmaus in Merseyside said:The training will give our volunteers even more useful skills which we need to reuse and recycle more household items donated by the public. Many of the volunteers are unemployed so we hope the skills training and volunteer experience will ultimately help them get back into employment.  The project also helps to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of MRWA said: “We’re pleased to be supporting a project that proves its value by not only improving people’s lives – but also diverting furniture from landfill.”

Carl Beer MRWA Chief Executive said: “It’s great to see items that would have been thrown away get a ‘second life’.”

The project is running for the next 3 months – with the hope that the training will continue and will be integrated into the operations of the Superstore.

All upcycled furniture is available to buy from the Emmaus Superstore, 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton, L21 3TW

Tel: 0151 9281588, Opening hours Mon – Sat 10.00am – 4.00 pm

Sefton Council recycling schedule over Christmas & New Year

Refuse and recycling collection days in Sefton will not change over Christmas and the New Year for most residents.

Residents are asked to put their refuse and recycling out on their scheduled days as normal over the festive period.

Similar to other years, the green wheelie bin collection for garden waste is now suspended until 2017 and to check any of your collection dates please visit the Sefton Council website.

Cllr John Fairclough, Cabinet Member Locality Services, said: “I am sure most people will be delighted that there are no changes to refuse and recycling collections over Christmas and the New Year.

“Anyone who may be affected with a slight change in collections, like commercial waste, has been notified directly.

“Please remember that during and after the Christmas period we all tend to generate extra waste yet so much of this can be recycled. As ever please think about recycling more rather than just putting it in the grey bin and make your Christmas an even greener one.”

To check collection arrangements or for further information on all waste and recycling services, visit www.sefton.gov.uk/bins or follow us on Twitter @seftoncouncil