£115,000 waste prevention fund for Merseyside community groups

Community groups in Merseyside who can reduce household waste and encourage recycling through innovative projects are being called on to bid for a share of a new £115,000 fund.

Prospective groups, schools and voluntary groups will have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund 2018/19, which is also to open to faith groups and not-for-profit organisations.

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 and metals

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.

The impact of the 2016/17 fund saw 10 projects deliver 23 full time equivalent jobs (created or safeguarded), participation by 136 volunteers, 25,970 people directly engaged, 1,345 tonnes of waste material diverted from landfill and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

The Liverpool-based Neighbourhood Services Company Ltd (NSC) – which operates Home Farm at Croxteth Park (pictured) – is one organisation to have benefitted from the Community Fund. The project used money to rescue old and unwanted wood to renovate animal dwellings, as well as enlisting the help of adults with learning difficulties to transform the raw materials into new products which are available to buy in the craft shop at the farm.

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 10 months to deliver their schemes and will be expected to get started by June.

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