Schools eco project is a big hit

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Schools from across the Granby Toxteth area of Liverpool are helping to spread the recycling message as part of an imaginative initiative by the Granby Toxteth Development Trust.

The project, which is supported by a £8000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund, is part of a wider initiative in the local area that’s working with a range of communities and residents to improve recycling, prevent flytipping and improve the local area and its green spaces.

One of the groups in the area includes a growing community of Roma families – and it was pupils from these families who attend St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School and Smithdown Primary School that enjoyed a visit to the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre to see recycling in action out more about what happens to their waste.

Julie Aitchison, Project Officer, from Granby Toxteth Development Trust said: “It is great to see the young people taking such a keen interest in finding out more about how they can become Recycling Heroes in their community.”

Alexandra Bahor, Roma Community Development Worker said: “It is a good example to see changes in the attitudes of young people who come from countries where recycling is not a priority. Here in the UK they can get involved in improving their neighbourhood and encourage adults to join in to create a healthier community.”

The visit allowed the group to see how recyclable materials are delivered to the facility and are then sorted into separate streams using technology and some people power! – and took part in a range of activities and games.

Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We’re thrilled with the success of this project – by supporting the Granby Toxteth Development Trust we’ve enabled them to reach out to a wide range of communities with recycling and reuse messages. By recognising some of the barriers that these sometimes hard to reach groups experience, the project has developed a range of activities to ensure both an better understanding of recycling services and actions, but also improved health and wellbeing overall.”

IMAGE CAPTION (ref: MRWA Feb 22 0006): Pupils from St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School and Smithdown Primary School learning more about how to recycle better with Kirsty Martin, Veolia’s Education and Awareness Officer at the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre

IMAGE CAPTION (ref: MRWA Feb 22): Pupils from St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School and Smithdown Primary School were joined on their visit by Cllrs Laura Robertson- Collins (middle right) and Carol Sung (back right)– two of MRWA’s Liverpool City Council representatives, MRWA’s Glynn Stevenson, Policy Officer (left back) and Kirsty Martin, Veoila Education and Awareness Officer (far right)


Media contact: Colette Gill, MRWA Communications and Marketing Officer, Tel: 0151 255 2527

Notes for Editors
(i) The MRWA and Veoila Community Fund was open to community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
(ii) MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
(iii) Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.
(iv) More information at: Twitter: @MerseysideRWA Facebook: MerseysideRWA
(v) More information about the Granby Toxteth Development Trust can be found at
Colette Gill
Communications and Marketing Officer
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
Direct Dial: 0151 255 2527 Fax: 0151 227 1848