A Knowsley charity is celebrating this Recycle Week after clinching finance to rescue and repair unwanted furniture from house clearances.
Kirkby-based Centre 63 has received the money for the ‘Remake Yourself Hub’ which will see furniture from house clearances refurbished and distributed free of charge to local residents in need. The organisation will also run demonstrations and workshops for young people in Kirkby on how to upcycle unwanted furniture.
Centre 63 provides community education, activities, initiatives and recreation for young people in Knowsley. The £8000 of funding for the project has come from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund, which was set up to help support waste prevention, re-use and recycling projects locally.
The upcycling demonstrations will include learning all aspects of furniture restoration including how to repair, re-upholster, and polish and paint using distressing techniques. Many items are also sold through an on-site shop, the www.centre63.org.uk, website and events such as a regular Sunday car boot sale.
Cheryl Roach, Centre 63 Business Development Manager, said: “Recycle Week is a great chance for us to shout extra loudly about our Remake Yourself Hub. This project will ensure that the young people taking part have the knowledge and skills to refurbish and repair rather than having to buy new.”
Recycle Week 2019 (taking place from 23rd to 29th September) is the annual celebration of recycling, delivered nationally by Recycle Now. It is now in its 15th year.
The week is being used by Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) to highlight what options people have when it comes to recycling and managing their household waste.
Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “Recycling, re-use and waste prevention are crucial elements of the climate change emergency – people need to consume less and use more of what is already out there. Centre 63 are a great example of the many local organisations giving people the skills to do just that.”
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MRWA_CENTRE_63: Staff and volunteers outside the Centre 63 shop. Third from left Glynn Stevenson – Waste Strategy Policy Officer at MRWA, and second from right Cheryl Roach – Business Development Manager at Centre 63.
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.
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.
The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2019/20 has seen 11 community groups from Merseyside and Halton receive a funding boost to help make the region a cleaner and greener place. The financial support will see the groups help reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource re-use, and prevent carbon emissions.
Recycle Week 2019 (taking place from 23rd to 29th September) is the annual celebration of recycling, delivered nationally by Recycle Now. It is now in its 15th year. The week is being used by Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA) to highlight what options people have when it comes to recycling and managing their household waste.
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