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NEWS: Notice of the Commencement of the Period for Exercise of Public Rights – MWDA Accounts 2020/21

Notice of the Commencement of the Period for Exercise of Public Rights

MERSEYSIDE WASTE DISPOSAL AUTHORITY

AUDIT OF ACCOUNTS YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2021

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit (England) Regulations 2015

The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) Amendments Regulations 2021

Notice is hereby given under the above regulations that the unaudited Statement of Accounts of Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (which may be subject to change) for the year ended 31 March 2021 are published on this website: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk Page: https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/governance-and-finance/accounts-audit-budget/

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government confirmed changes made to the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015. The Accounts and Audit (Coronavirus) Amendments Regulations 2021 has extended the statutory deadlines for the production and audit of the 2020/21 accounts. This change anticipated the impact of closed offices, potential staff absences and all staff involved in production of the statutory accounts working from home.

The publication date for audited accounts has moved from 31 July to 30 September 2021 for all local authority bodies. To give authorities more flexibility, the requirement for the public inspection period to include the first 10 working days of June has been removed. Instead, local authorities must start the public inspection period on or before the first working day of August 2021.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority (“ the Authority”) Accounts are subject to external audit by Andrew Smith for and on behalf of Grant Thornton LLP, Royal Liver Building, Liverpool, L3 1PS.

Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:

  1. From 1st August 2021 for a period of 30 working days any person may inspect the Accounts, Annual Governance Statement and Narrative Report of the Authority for the year ended 31 March 2021 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts). The Accounts and associated documents would normally be available for inspection at No 1 Mann Island, Liverpool, L3 1BP, however, due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, alternative arrangements will need to be made.
  2. A notice of intention to inspect the accounting records and other documents should be given in writing and sent to the Director of Finance, MWDA, 7th Floor, 1 Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1BP. Email: Peter.williams@merseysidewda.gov.uk
  3. At the request of a local government elector for any area to which the Accounts relate, the local auditor must give the elector, or any representative of the elector, an opportunity to question the auditor about the accounting records. Please contact the auditor at the address given above to make arrangements to ask any questions.
  4. In accordance with Section 26 and 27 of the Act a local government elector for the area of the Authority, or his/her representative, may object to an area of the Authority Accounts if it concerns a matter in respect of which the auditor could make a public interest report. Written notice of a proposed objection and the grounds on which it is made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and copies to the Authority at the address given below.

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority
7th Floor, No 1 Mann Island
Liverpool
L3 1BP

Email: enquiries@merseysidewda.gov.uk

Web: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

 

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NEWS: All change for Sefton Meadows, Formby and Rainhill Recycling Centres

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) are pleased to announce the lifting of some restrictions at Sefton Meadows, Formby and Rainhill Household Waste Recycling Centres. From Monday 17th May 2021, residents wishing to use cars at those sites will no longer need to book an appointment. This change will be kept under review over the next few weeks.

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive said: “We are removing the car booking system from Sefton Meadows, Formby and Rainhill Household Waste Recycling Centres in line with the lifting of some of the national pandemic restrictions, and the move to extended summer hours at all of our sites. The Recycling Centres are now open from 8.00am – 8.00pm giving residents extended time to recycle.

We would like to remind residents that if they intend to dispose of household waste using a van or large trailers they will still need to book an appointment online at www.merseysidewda.go.uk or if they do not have online access by calling Tel: 07774 787 340 / 07774 787 370 to visit any of the sites on Merseyside.

We’re pleased that some of the services we offer are returning to a level of normality – but we would ask the public to still maintain sensible health and safety measures when using our sites.”

“If you can, please wear a mask, and please respect the site staff and follow their instructions during your visit. Staff at the sites are unable to help residents with unloading and disposing of their waste. If you think that you will need help, you can have another person with you.”

*To book a van or large trailer in at any of our Centres go to: www.merseysidewda.gov.uk or if you do not have online access please call Tel: 07774 787 340 / 07774 787 370 – please note these lines can be very busy and it is not always possible to leave a message.  Please keep trying and we’ll answer your call as soon as possible.

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NEWS: Job Vacancy

Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority wishes to recruit an Environmental Officer to undertake environmental monitoring at its waste management facilities. The role entails working outdoors as part of a small team, collecting data and samples, along with analysis and reporting. Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates with a relevant environmental qualification or experience in the field of environmental monitoring. A full valid driving licence is essential for this role.

Please click here for further details.

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NEWS: Alchemy helping to cut food waste in Liverpool City Region

A project to help householders cut food waste, eat more healthily and save money is celebrating a funding boost.

Feedback Global has received £19,900 from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund to run the Your Food Needs YOU! scheme which is delivering cookery workshops and events in order to raise awareness of and help reduce household food waste.

An estimated 140,000 tonnes of food is wasted in the Liverpool City Region each year. A lot of this could still be used and would save the average family £720 a year in groceries. It is this behaviour the project is hoping to change.

Carina Millstone, Executive Director at Feedback Global, said: “We pride ourselves in creating volunteer opportunities and skills on food waste issues for everyone, everywhere, of all ages and ability.

“At the heart of our work is a deep appreciation for the value of food, the role of good food in building communities and the need for local and regional work to build regenerative, regional circular food economies that support positive environmental, health and social outcomes. Funding from MRWA will allow us to adapt our successful model of taking local action on food waste, whilst raising broader public awareness of the issue.”

The project is delivering a programme of quirky, high-profile food-waste-busting events and ingredient harvesting days which brings members of the community together to learn about, appreciate and enjoy food, and simultaneously reduce waste. One part of the programme includes running experimental ‘Food Labs’ which asks participants to bring in five food items from home. They are shown how to extend the shelf life of the items and create healthy meals from the ingredients.

It was originally planned that classes would be delivered in person, however due to Coronavirus and social distancing measures they have mostly been held digitally, including an online cabbage pickling workshop which ran on Global Scouse Day.

By the end of the project in June Feedback hope to have:

– trained up 20-40 Community members to help deliver messages of food waste and act as local food champions,

– engaged 285 people increasing their practical food skills, appreciation of food value and knowledge of the environmental impact of food waste,

– prevented the waste of around 2268kg of commonly wasted household foods through increased food waste avoidance skills among participants.

Feedback’s Merseyside-based project Alchemic Kitchen is delivering the scheme, with the social enterprise experienced in minimising waste, building the circular food economy and improving access to seasonal, nutritious food. Locals residents can even sign up and make a Food Pledge at www.alchemickitchen.co.uk.

Lucy Antal at Alchemic Kitchen, said: “At the heart of ‘Your Food Needs YOU!’ is a message about the value of food and the environmental and climate impacts of wasting it. In addition to reducing food waste, we anticipate that participants will be more aware of wider links between what we eat, climate change and biodiversity loss, such as reducing how much meat we eat.”

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Food waste is a big issue with significant environmental effects. Projects like Your Food Needs You can get people to recognise that the food they buy exists within a circular economy – from farm to fork – while having a real impact in reducing household food waste.”

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News to editors:

• Attached picture caption: Photograph taken at a food glean at Speke Hall, Liverpool. Apples that were collected were then redistributed to households who took part in Alchemic Kitchen online workshops.

• Founded in 2013, Feedback Global is a campaign group which works to regenerate nature by transforming food systems and achieving positive change
• 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 20/21 has seen 15 community groups from Merseyside and Halton share £150,000 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.

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NEWS: Longer hours for Recycling Centres

Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) in the Liverpool City Region will open for an extra three hours every day from Thursday 1st April.

The Recycling Centres, which are provided by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and operated by resource management company Veolia, will be switching to their summer opening hours until October, meaning most will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm (*excludes Rainhill HWRC), seven days a week.

The 14 Recycling Centres situated throughout the region accept a range of household materials for recycling, from batteries, cans and cardboard, through to garden clippings, glass bottles, wood, and white goods. They also accept lesser known items such as takeaway food and drink cartons, clothes, hard plastics and electrical items. Householders can check www.merseysidewda.gov.uk for details of what can be accepted at their local site.

The Centres provide a popular service for residents and can become extremely busy at peak times so visits should be planned carefully.

Carl Beer, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Social distancing is still being enforced in England which means there are restrictions on all our sites for the safety and the health of both staff and visitors, hence there are only a certain number of cars allowed on site at any one time. All householders should follow site staff instructions if they do choose to visit any Recycling Centre. Sites are busy so we would ask anybody visiting to try and avoid the busy periods, especially Bank Holidays, if possible and be patient if they have to queue.

“Our main message remains the same as it has done since we reopened in May – that people should visit their Recycling Centre only if it is essential. If waste can be disposed or recycled through kerbside collections, or if items can be reused or repurposed, then please do so.”

More information on what you can do with your household waste items can be found at www.recycleright.org.uk.

There is a car booking system in place for Formby, Rainhill and Sefton Meadows. These Centres have a limited number of slots for each day, so please plan your visit in advance.

There is also a temporary allocation system in place for those who wish to visit a HWRC in a van or with a large trailer, this is while the existing Van Permit Scheme is suspended.

Bookings for both systems can be made at www.merseysidewda.gov.uk.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

The picture attached is of a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

From 1st April 2021 until 30th September 2021 Merseyside’s Household Waste Recycling Centres will be open from 8.00am until 8.00pm*. The Centres are located at:

Knowsley –
Huyton – Wilson Road – L36 6AD
Kirkby – Depot Road, Knowsley Industrial Park – L33 3AR

Liverpool –
Old Swan – Cheadle Avenue – L13 3AF
Otterspool – Jericho Lane, Aigburth – L17 5AR

Sefton –
Formby – Altcar Road, Formby – L37 8EG
Sefton Meadows – Sefton Lane, Maghull – L31 8BX
Southport – Foul Lane, Scarisbrick New Road – PR9 7RG
South Sefton – Irlam Road, Bootle – L20 4AE

St Helens –
Newton-le-Willows – Junction Lane – WA12 8DN
*Rainhill – Tasker Terrace, Rainhill – L35 4NX
Ravenhead – Burtonhead Road, St. Helens – WA9 5EA

Wirral –
Bidston – Wallasey Bridge Road, Birkenhead – CH41 1EB
Clatterbridge – Mount Road, Clatterbridge – CH63 4JZ
West Kirby – Greenbank Road – CH48 5HR

*NB:
Rainhill: Open 9.00am–6.00pm on Saturdays; 9.00am–3.00pm on Sundays

MRWA is a local government body with nine elected members from the five constituent councils in Merseyside. It organises and manages disposal of all waste collected by the five councils and operates 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres. www.merseysidewda.gov.uk

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NEWS: Deadline nearing for £165,000 Community Fund

The deadline is looming for organisations who want a share of £165,000 to help make Liverpool City Region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, who can reduce household waste, encourage recycling and resource reuse and prevent carbon emissions. The projects will also have to demonstrate wider positive impacts on the environment, health and education.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2021/22, which has been running annually since 2006.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 14th March 2021.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “Giving local groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.”

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

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 the 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.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.

Interested groups can download the application pack via the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 14th March.

Successful projects should receive the funding by mid May 2021 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes by 31st March 2022. Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:

Download the application pack – https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/waste-strategy/mrwa-and-veoila-community-fund-2021-2022-launches/
Contact the Authority:
communityfund.2021-2022@merseysidewda.gov.uk

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS:

Sunday 14th March 2021, 11.59pm.

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Note to editors

Image caption: Previous Fund recipients at an event in Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre, Liverpool

The impact of the 2019/20 Fund saw 11 projects divert 324 tonnes of material from disposal, 17,910 people directly engaged, participation of 34,490 volunteer hours, 409 events held, 388 training sessions take place, and a 324 tonne reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions.
The Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund is open to community and voluntary sector groups, faith groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
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.

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NEWS: New Temporary traffic management measures at Clatterbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre

From Friday 5th March temporary traffic management arrangements will be in place along Mount Road between the Clatterbridge Household Waste Recycling Centre entrance and the M5, J4 roundabout.

Residents turning left into Mount Road should use the left hand (inside) lane only, to access the site and be aware that warning signage will be in place.

We’d like to thank residents for their patience as the site is seeing higher than usual demand at this time.

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CAMPAIGN: Wasting food feeds climate change – Food Waste Action Week 2021

Wasting food feeds climate change – Food Waste Action Week 2021
FOOD WASTE ACTION WEEK 1st – 7th March 2021

  • Wasting food feeds climate change. Don’t believe us? Well, if we stopped throwing away the 710,000 tonnes of potato’s we waste nationally every year in our homes, it could stop 330,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from going into the atmosphere.
  • This is just one of the key facts being highlighted in the national Food Waste Action Week (1st – 7th March 2021) organised by the Waste Resources Action Programme, and that’s being supported by Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA)

70% of the UK’s wasted food comes from our homes*(1), and the power to change this is in our hands. We can start by using the 4.4 million potatoes we waste at home each day *(2), which could do the same for the planet as planting 14,900 trees.

Or by using up all 20 million slices of bread that end up in the bin every day * (3), which would have the same impact on climate change as planting 5.3 million trees. Together we can make a difference, use these simple tips and tricks to make sure your bins stay empty and the planet healthy.

Carl Beer, MRWA Chief Executive commented“When we throw away food that could have been eaten, we are not just wasting food but the valuable resources that went into making it, including water, land and greenhouse gases.

That’s why during Food Waste Action Week (1st – 7th March 2021), MRWA are calling on everyone across the Liverpool City Region to understand the true value of food and to consider the impact of their behaviours.”

Well, the good news is everyone can make a difference.

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s annual Community Fund has supported numerous food and cooking projects in previous years.  The 2019/2020 Fund has numerous food projects being delivered including:

  • A community group from Bootle has received a funding boost to help stop unused food from going to waste – by foraging and gleaning local farms and fields. Taking Root, a project of Stanley Road-based Regenerus, has received almost £8000 from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority Community Fund for The Big Community Glean Up – a project which is looking to stop food waste and to ensure good food gets into the hands of those who need it the most.
  • A project to help householders in Liverpool save money and cut food waste is celebrating a funding boost. Groundwork Cheshire, Lancashire and Merseysidehas received £8,000 from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) Community Fund to run the ‘Let’s Speke About Food’ scheme which will see cookery workshops delivered to raise awareness of and help reduce household food waste.
  • The Authority also supports and promotes surplus food apps including Olio and ToGoodToGo.

You can take action now by:

  1. CHECK BEFORE THE CHECKOUT: Take note of what’s in your cupboards before you shop, so you never buy more than you need.
  2. CHILL THE FRIDGE OUT: Keep your fridge below 5 degrees so your food will last longer.
  3. COMPL-EAT-ING: Eat the whole part of the food, like potato skins and broccoli stalks.
  4. CREATIVE COOKING: Use the LFHW website for inspiration and recipe ideas for using up those leftovers. Everyone can make a difference, and something as small as saving your leftovers and encouraging friends and family to do the same means you’re doing your part. So, if you’re hungry for changes visit lovefoodhatewaste.com

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(1) (2) (3) SOURCE: Waste Resources Action Plan (WRAP) Food Waste Action Week 2021 www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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NEWS: Our sites are busy! Is your visit essential?

All of our Recycling Centres are very busy at the moment.

  • Queuing at sites maybe extensive
  • All Centres currently close at 5.00pm – entry cannot be guaranteed if there are queues at that time

We’re asking residents if their visit is essential ……. and if they could postpone making the journey for a few weeks.

We’ve come up with a range of suggestions about recycling and waste disposal to help if you don’t want to visit.

ADVICE ON YOUR ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO RECYCLE AND DISPOSE OF YOUR WASTE:

  • DECORATING AND DIY WASTE:
    • Could you postpone that DIY or decorating project for a few weeks?
    • Could you store some of the waste in a safe place?
    • Old wallpaper can be put into your normal waste bin.
    • Let old paint tins dry out by leaving the lids off and storing in a safe place OR pour the waste paint onto newspaper in a cardboard box – allow to dry and then bag up the paper, and put into your normal bin.
    • Clean off brushes and rollers instead of throwing them away – there will be another decorating job soon!
  • GREEN AND GARDEN WASTE:
    • Have you thought about home composting? Residents from across the Liverpool City Region can purchase a wide range of Home Compost bins and accessories at competitive prices by visiting: merseyside.getcomposting.com.
    • For a full guide on how to compost at home, please visit recyclenow.com/reduce-waste/composting/making-compostwhich offers advice on how to set up your composter and make the best compost.
    • Could you store some of the green and garden waste in a safe place?
    • Although your local council’s garden waste collections may not have restarted yet – you could store your green waste in your garden waste bin for the time being.
  • USE YOUR KERBSIDE BINS:
    • If your disposing of household waste, remember to use your kerbside normal waste and recycling bins. To find out more visit www.recycleright.org.uk
  • LARGE ITEM AND ELECTRICALS:
    • We know it’s difficult if you have large items of furniture and household electricals to recycle.
    • Your local council will be operating a bulky waste service, although appointments may be limited – contact them directly to see if they can help.
  • SAFE STORAGE:
    • Please store your waste safely – COVID related waste should be isolated for 72 hours before safe disposal.
    • Make sure any other waste that you are storing is wrapped and secured safely especially if being stored outside.
  • SELL, SWAP AND GIVEAWAY:
    • Could you give the items you want to throw away a second life?
    • There are plenty of ways to sell, swap or giveaway items across a while host of platforms including freecycle, Ebay, Facebook etc
    • Check to see if any family, friends, or neighbours might like, or need the items that you’re throwing away – it just takes a quick call, text or email.
  • CHARITY SHOPS:
    • We know that charity shops aren’t yet open, but you might want to consider hanging on to those good quality items and clothes for a few weeks longer – they could help support a great cause if you can donate them.
  • RECYCLING AT SUPERMARKETS AND COMMUNITY HUBS:

REMEMBER: Lots of local supermarkets have recycling facilities for a limited number of items such as paper, card, cans, bottles, textiles etc. Please use your local facilities if you can.

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NEWS: Launch of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2021-22

A share of £165,000 is up for grabs to help community groups make the Liverpool City Region a cleaner and greener place.

The funding has been made available for community and voluntary groups, schools 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.

The money is coming from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2021/22, which has been running annually since 2006.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “We know that there are a lot of communities concerned about climate change and sustainable living. Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment can only bring benefits to all and can help us appreciate items as valuable resources rather than something which otherwise might be just thrown away.

“We’ve seen that previous projects have continued to deliver benefits beyond the first year, through their legacy and ongoing impact on behavioural change, and in many cases through new or continuing activities.”

Successful applicants can be awarded up to £30,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton, and between £1,000 and £8,000 for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

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 the 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.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to improve people’s diet and reduce food waste, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale.

One organisation to benefit from the Community Fund is the British Dietetic Association who received £25,000 in 2019/20 and £29,000 in 2020/21 for the Let’s Get Cooking and Let’s Get Saving in Merseyside projects. The funding has been used to reduce avoidable household food waste through a series of training clubs, school visits, a waste-saving tips pamphlet and a community event. Community fridges have been placed around the region, which form a part of a national network. The fridges are maintained by local communities and each save on average half a tonne of food per month.

Let’s Get Cooking Project Manager Suzanne Mitchell said: “The funding was crucial in allowing us to run the Let’s Get Cooking and Let’s Get Saving initiatives over the past couple of years, which has helped the local community improve their cooking skills and reduce food waste, and to help those who need to access fresh and healthy food.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion continued: “Covid-19 has obviously affected our ongoing projects, but they’ve adapted very admirably whether that’s through remote learning and training videos, or simply keeping socially distanced during activities. Local groups need funding now more than ever and we’re excited to see what new projects come in.”

Interested groups can download the application pack via the MRWA website www.merseysidewda.gov.uk. The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 14th March. If groups aren’t sure whether their project is appropriate for consideration then they can submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via email to MRWA before Monday 21st February.

Successful projects should receive the funding by mid May 2021 and will have ten months to deliver their schemes by 31st March 2022. Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can: