Knowsley community groups have been awarded a share of a £165,000 fund to help reduce waste, re-use and recycle more.
Huyton-based The Big Help Project’s No Waste Food Club has been awarded £26,037 to set up six new Community Food Partnerships aimed at reducing food waste across the Liverpool City Region. The partnerships will also include access to other services such as debt advice, housing support, employability, skills training.
Kirkby’s Centre 63 has received £8,000 to run its Remake Yourself Hub. The hub will continue to provide sewing classes and upcycling furniture workshops, while supporting the skills development of young women. It will concentrate on unwanted furniture and textiles and the Centre 63 youth club will be focused on litter picking, repair workshops and food waste activities.
The money has come from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 21/22 which helps to support local waste prevention, re-use and recycling initiatives.
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, metals.
Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We have so many creative and committed groups and organisations doing great work encouraging and supporting us to look after the environment. I’m delighted their efforts have been recognised with funding which will bring real benefits to our communities.”
The successful organisations have until March 2022 to deliver their projects.