Liverpool Half Marathon -Sunday 26th March

Liverpool Half Marathon on SUNDAY 26th MARCH 2023 – Restrictions to access at Otterspool Recycling Centre, Jericho Lane, Liverpool 

There will be restrictions to the access at the Otterspool Recycling Centre during the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday 26th March 2023.

Access to and from Jericho Lane / Aigburth Road will be restricted between 9.00 am – 12.00 noon approx. as runners pass from Sefton Park to Otterspool Park via the underpass and then across the top of Jericho Lane. The junction will be open as soon as the last runner  passes into Otterspool Park.

To avoid disruption:

  • Use Old Swan Recycling Centre, Cheadle Avenue, Old Swan, L13 3AF.
  • Access via the Riverside Drive approach, by proceeding along Aigburth Road, Park Road left into Parliament Street, left into Sefton Street.

The road closure at the junction of Aigburth Road and Jericho Lane will be reopened when the last runner passes or at approximately 12.00pm.

For more detailed information on the half marathon and road closures please go to:

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Mersey cookery classes serving up skills for Food Waste Action Week 2023

Eight community projects in the Liverpool City Region are helping people to cut food waste, eat healthier and save money after a funding boost.

The projects have been given a share of £110,000 through the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority Community Fund 2022/23, which supports community reuse, recycling and waste prevention initiatives across the region.

This week (6th to 12th March) marks Food Waste Action Week 2023, the UK’s biggest annual food waste reduction campaign, organised by the Love Food Hate Waste programme. The eight local projects are using the week to highlight how much food could be stopped from going to waste by shopping smarter, meal planning and improving cookery skills and use of ingredients. The organisations are delivering a variety of initiatives across Merseyside such as cookery classes, compost sessions and grow-your-own workshops to help reduce household food waste.

One of the groups to receive funding is Liverpool-based Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC. Michelle O’Dwyer of Bay Tree, said: “Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC has been running projects that work with vulnerable groups to teach food preparation, cooking and budgeting and food handling and storage skills over several years. Our latest project is targeting groups who benefit from learning skills that help reduce food waste, such as those living on fixed incomes and low incomes, people with disabilities, mental health challenges, unemployed people and veterans.

“The unique aspect of this project is that we’re teaching skills to minimise food waste rather than just cookery skills. We’re focussed on shopping on a budget, food handing and hygiene, using leftovers, and evaluating portion sizes. It’s a serious matter, but we’re making sure everyone is having fun while they learn!”

The eight projects are:

  • Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC – Cook And Save (see pictures above).
  • British Dietetic Association – Waste Warriors.
  • Centre 63 – Remake Yourself Hub.
  • Compost Works – Share Food And Compost The Rest.
  • Farm Urban – Future Food Heroes 2.0.
  • Knowsley Foodbank – Chloe Cooks.
  • Porchfield Community Association
  • Wargrave House College – Not Too Shabby

An estimated 106,064 tonnes* of avoidable household 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 projects are looking to change.

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We are delighted to support all of these projects. The facts show that on average we throw away over one hundred thousand tonnes of avoidable food every year on Merseyside – almost a third of the average general household waste bin. That includes millions of loaves of bread, whole chickens, litres of milk.

“Food waste is a big issue with significant environmental effects. Projects like these 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 and saving households money on grocery bills.”

The organisations have until the end of March 2023 to deliver their projects.


Notes to editors:

The attached images show Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC, 2023.

*MRWA LCR Waste Composition Analysis 2021/22


The MRWA Community Fund food-saving projects:

Bay Tree Cookery Academy CIC – Cook And Save will try to cut food waste with 18×2-day cookery/training courses.

British Dietetic Association – Waste Warriors. The BDA has recruited 15 people from ten community cooking clubs to deliver 75 food waste cookery classes.

Centre 63 – Remake Yourself Hub. The Kirkby-based project is hosting food waste sessions. 

Compost Works – Share Food And Compost The Rest is delivering 12 training sessions and 40 weekly support sessions for composting.

Farm Urban – Future Food Heroes 2.0. The next stage of the Future Food Heroes project is delivering seven community events and 72 training sessions with six primary schools, as well as six celebration events and a regional finale at Farm Urban.

Knowsley Foodbank – Chloe Cooks. Knowsley Foodbank is holding 40 food/cookery training sessions to five groups over eight weeks. 

Porchfield Community Association – Porchfield Community Association is a clothes and food waste project which is offering 3×5-week cookery courses.

Wargrave House College – Not Too Shabby @ The Lyme@ Wood Learning Hub. This multi-material project is hosting workshops on food as well as furniture, textiles, wood and metals.


£165,000 fund launched to help community groups reduce, reuse and recycle

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 – made available via the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2023/24 – is 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.

There is up to £30,000 for projects which cover a minimum of three City Region districts, and between £1000 and £8,000 available for projects which work solely at one local authority level.

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “Giving groups the opportunity to get involved in looking after their environment brings 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.”

Bids must tackle one or more of the four priority household waste materials which have been identified by MRWA as key, namely WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment), Food, 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, plastic or metals.

Previous Community Fund projects have included local recycling guidebooks, cookery clubs to support healthy eating and reduce food waste, fruit and veg gleaning, restoring old furniture to sell for charity and refurbishing unwanted rugs for resale. In January one project held a climate change conference with secondary schoolchildren from across Liverpool City Region to help highlight wasted clothes and textiles.

Another organisation to have previously received funding was the British Dietetic Association, who have been running the Waste Warriors food waste reduction and cookery skills programme, thanks to £20,000 from the MRWA Community Fund.

Suzanne Mitchell, Let’s Get Cooking lead, said: “The opportunity to support a local community with our funding was a really powerful idea. We hope we’ve inspired households to think about new ways to save money by reducing the amount of food they throw away and growing their own produce using a community garden.”

Interested groups can apply via the MRWA website

The deadline for submissions is 11.59pm on Sunday 26th March 2023. 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 5th March.

Successful projects should receive the funding by mid May 2023 and will have to deliver their schemes by March 2024.

Organisations interested in this year’s Community Fund can:


Sunday 26th March 2023, 11.59pm



Wirral Social Enterprise rescues almost 700,000 litres of paint from going to waste

Reciprocity Wirral, a Merseyside-based pioneer in paint waste, have diverted over 680,000 litres of paint from being wasted and redistributed it into community organisations and families across the region and beyond.

By partnering with Veolia and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, Recipro have collected hundreds of thousands of litres of householder’s unwanted paint, which is then taken to their Wirral site and processed for reuse.

Some of the paint is checked and sold as ‘rescued paint’ for the local community at prices from as little as £1.20 a litre. They have hundreds of customers who have decorated their whole properties for just a few pounds!

The majority of the paint collected is remanufactured. This innovative process, developed with Dulux and New Life Paints takes unwanted paint, filters and treats it before it is repackaged. The end product is a recycled, great quality and affordable paint!

Available nationwide via delivery or through stockists, the paint has gone from strength to strength, with over 350,000 litres being sold since its launch in 2017.

ReColour is used by householders, charities, schools and community organisations, such as Aigburth Counselling and Psychotherapy, who used ReColour to refresh their centre:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure dealing with Recipro. Everything from ordering to the delivery was done in such a helpful and friendly manner and to know that we are helping to reduce waste is fantastic!”

The paint is available in emulsion, masonry and chalky furniture paints, in a range of fashionable and traditional colours, with plans to expand the range to new products in 2023.

By recycling or reusing paint, not only is this huge amount of waste being kept from the waste stream, but also the energy and water used in the manufacture of new paint is being reduced.

Beckie Close, Director at Recipro, said: “When we launched Community RePaint Wirral in 2013, we had no idea it would grow to this scale! Our business is focussed on reducing waste, while benefiting our local, and wider community, and we couldn’t do it without the support of Veolia and MRWA. We are so excited to see how we continue to grow, add new products and expand our team!”

Jeff Sears, Director at Veolia in Merseyside and Halton said: “We’re delighted to be working with Recipro and very proud to divert paint for remanufacture and reuse. This is a great example of an innovative solution to help cut climate-changing carbon emissions.

“If you have leftover tins of paint taking up space in your shed or cupboard, bring them to one of our Recycling Centres with a drop off point so the paint can be given a new lease of life. ”

Lesley Worswick, Chief Executive of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, said: “It’s great to see this scheme doing so well. Often what people think of as ‘waste’ is actually a resource which someone, somewhere will be able to use. This is a perfect example of reuse in action.”

Residents can drop off their unwanted paint at the following locations:

  • Bidston Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wallasey Bridge Rd, CH41 1EB
  • Huyton Household Waste Recycling Centre, Wilson Rd, L36 6AD
  • Johnsons Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre, Widnes, Widnes WA8 0SJ
  • Old Swan Household Waste Recycling Centre, Cheadle Ave, L13 3AF
  • Ravenhead Household Waste Recycling Centre, WA9 5EA
  • Sefton Meadows Household Waste Recycling Centre, Sefton Ln, L31 8BT

ReciproCity Wirral is open to the public and organisations, Monday to Friday 8.30-5 and Saturdays 10-4.


Photo: Jeff Sears (Veolia) and Beckie Close (Recipro) at Huyton Household Waste Recycling Centre.

ReciproCity Wirral are members of the national Community RePaint scheme, set up Dulux in 1993.

ReciproCity Wirral is a social enterprise that works with the construction and DIY sector to reduce waste through diversion of surplus materials from the waste stream. As well as paint they accept donations of surplus DIY and building materials from the trade and supply chain.

Press contact: Rebecca Close, Director

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Kids combating climate change with the Great Clothes Swap!

Schools from across the Liverpool City Region have come together in an effort to tackle climate change – by reducing the amount of clothes that people throw away.

The Great Clothes Swap is the creation of Toxteth-based Liverpool World Centre and environmental charity Faiths4Change, who have been awarded £16,900 by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority & Veolia Community Fund 2022/23 to help deliver the project.

According to a recent analysis*, around 5% of household bins locally contained textiles such as clothes and shoes, a lot of which could still be used. It is this behaviour the project is hoping to change and itself will look to stop up to ten tonnes of clothing material from going to waste.

Jacquie Ayre, Global Learning Education Officer at Liverpool World Centre, said: “The aim of the project is to change perceptions and behaviour towards clothing repair and reuse in order to prevent clothes and textiles from going to waste. We’re building on our previous Fashion Fix project by engaging with teachers and giving children the knowledge and skills to get involved and have a say in improving industry practices.

“Through events, training and workshops across the City Region we’re hopeful of changing attitudes towards clothes reuse and hopefully helping instil a systemic change in the current wasteful situation that society finds itself in when it comes to clothes and fast fashion.”

The objectives of the project are to:

– engage pupils, parents and teachers to increase their knowledge, skills and understanding about the textile journey and its impact on climate change

– run four textiles-sustainability conferences for 160 pupils

– create 40 Textile Teams so pupils can promote textiles reuse in schools

– support 40 school clothes swap shop events

– work with 350 trainee teachers at two universities to help them deliver school projects on the environment and textiles as a resource.

On Thursday 26th January, seven schools and 40 students assembled at No. 1 Mann Island in Liverpool City Centre for a UN-style climate conference to debate the impact of climate emissions and the part that the textiles industry plays in polluting the planet. Students had to come up with ideas on how to put an end to a throwaway fashion culture and to identify any barriers to school uniform reuse and recycling.

Rachel Hardy of Faiths4change said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for students at the conference to develop their critical thinking skills around the climate emergency. It provided an opportunity for them to debate in the style of a UN conference, develop empathy and learn skills around negotiation and collaboration.”

Students at the conference were able to find out more by listening and questioning a panel of local sustainability experts. These speakers were able to suggest small ways that can have a big impact on patterns of behaviour around textile waste.

Rachel Hardy continued: “This event is one way that schools can empower their young students to have a voice and feel that they can make changes in their school community to make a difference around the issue of waste. ‘’

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “This project isn’t just about waste, it’s highlighting the link between waste and the climate emergency, and how we can no longer just throw things away once we’ve finished with them, as materials will have a value and could potentially be used again.

Lesley Worswick, Chief Executive of MRWA, said: “Our research shows that there are significant quantities of textiles placed in recycling and household waste bins across kerbside collections in the Liverpool City Region. Textiles shouldn’t go into bins. Instead, Recycling Centres, charities, local bring banks all accept clothes and textiles where they will go on to be recycled or reused.”

Liverpool World Centre anticipates that around 3000 pupils, teachers and parents will be directly educated and engaged in the topic of textiles waste by the conclusion of the scheme come March 2023. All schools and universities involved will be supported to contribute towards a 10 tonnes reduction in wasted textiles, with certificates and awards at the end of the project.



Chief Executive appointment

MRWA has welcomed Lesley Worswick to the Authority as its new Chief Executive. Lesley previously spent over 24 years at the Environment Agency, her most recent post being Area Director for Greater Manchester, Merseyside & Cheshire.

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “Lesley is joining us from the Environment Agency and brings with her a huge amount of experience in the environmental services industry. She’s a great addition to the MRWA family and I know she’ll bring exceptional leadership to an already well-organised workplace. Lesley hails from Preston but is very familiar with the City Region. We’re sure she’ll feel right at home! “

Lesley said: “I’m really excited to start this new chapter in my life. I’ve already heard many great things about MRWA so I’m keen to get stuck in. I graduated in environmental science and have been in the environmental sector all of my working life, but I’m sure there’s plenty still to learn and experience. I’m looking forward to working with Tony, the Authority Members, the staff and all of our partners and contractors, and can hopefully help make the region a cleaner and greener place for all.”


St Helens students take LEAP of faith into reuse and recycling

Students from a specialist learning college in St Helens have opened their own café and reuse shop to help the local community reduce, reuse and recycle more.

The Not Too Shabby project is the vision of LEAP Specialist College in Newton-le-Willows, which has received £8000 from the Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund 2022/23 to reduce household waste, increase recycling and encourage resource reuse.

LEAP (Lakeside Early Adulthood Provision) specialises in providing an autism learning environment for 19-to-25-year-olds. The environmental project has seen the students set up the café and shop at the Lyme and Wood Learning Hub on Vista Road in Newton-le-Willows which, as well as being a place for local people to enjoy, is a space for students to learn and develop news skills.

The café serves hot and cold drinks and snacks, all of which are catered by the LEAP students. Amongst a host of things, the shop sells reused and repurposed clothes, books, paint, art and general bric-a-brac.

Teacher and project lead at LEAP Lauren Molyneux said: “The project is all about promoting more sustainable ways of living and for students to learn vocational skills in sectors like woodwork, horticulture, retail and hospitality.

“The shop sells pre-loved items such clothing, footwear and products handcrafted from materials, for example reclaimed timber and textiles. It is also an official stockist of ReColour paint – a chalk paint made from recycled emulsion. Our furniture rescue scheme allows customers to select a piece of furniture to be upcycled using any of the colours from the ReColour range, as well as any other tweaks they wish to be made.”

The project began in June and as well as giving LEAP students invaluable training and life skills, organisers are also hoping to prevent up to four tonnes of material from going to waste, including furniture, clothes, food and garden clippings.

Lauren Molyneux continued: “We are using the funding to deliver a series of tailored and practical face-to-face workshops and virtual tutorials. These will help establish industry specific skills that will support our young adults as they transition from further education to vocational pathways, apprenticeships, employment or higher education. We’re able to offer hands-on training in a variety of employment industries so that students within LEAP can support the project around their own interests and goals and gain valuable experience, thereby readying them for their next steps in life.”

Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, Councillor Tony Concepcion, said: “This has been a great project as it has targeted a variety of materials which we know can be used again and not wasted. The Community Fund is great at reaching people we wouldn’t normally be able to, raising awareness of waste issues, giving these students the knowledge and skills to help use Earth’s resources sustainably.”

If you would like to contact the project:



Community heroes going green for garden restoration

A Wirral project has received funding to transform overgrown church grounds into an eco-garden – with the help of enthusiastic schoolchildren and green fingered volunteers.

St Mary’s Church in Liscard has been given £8,000 from the 2022/23 Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund to transform the space which will now host fruit & vegetable growing, wildflower planting, composting, and a kids’ gardening club.

The Church, on Manor Lane, is working with Liscard Primary School, Wirral Environmental Network and Faiths4Change to deliver the project.

Project coordinator, Ruth Williams, said: “The church is in a deprived area where green spaces are a precious commodity and few people have a garden, and we felt it was a much-needed resource for the community to be able to use. Our volunteers – who range from young children to our over-55s gardening group – have helped to develop the one-acre site, two thirds of which was overgrown with brambles and nettles and totally unusable.

“Last month a fabulous group of volunteers helped us to clear the last mountain of brambles behind the church. The transformation is unbelievable!”

As well as providing the green space and activities, organisers are also aiming to recycle or reuse over three tonnes of materials, including old wooden pallets for making vegetable planters and benches, reclaimed bricks and sandstone for ground edging, and using climbing ropes for bordering the wildflower area. In all, the project is looking to involve almost 600 local people and will deliver:

• Weekly community gardening club sessions to develop the Eco Garden
• Regular training sessions to improve skills in gardening, cooking and upcycling
• Children’s gardening club sessions in school holidays and half-term
• A weekly after-school club for local families with recycled craft activities, planting and watering
• Regular environmental and planting activity sessions for the Eco Rangers and classes from Liscard Primary School
• Wellbeing and gardening sessions for local Life Skills courses
• Regular sales of pre-loved toys and clothes

Ruth Williams continued: “At St Mary’s we are using the funding to create positive experiences of community and belonging, and we want to do it sustainably and organically. We are demonstrating and encouraging the love of nature and the joy of growing real food from scratch, and not just buying it in a tin or a packet, which we’ve found to be life-changing for many people who attend.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of MRWA, said: “We’re astonished at the effort and enthusiasm everyone involved has put into this project. It’s providing a community green space and outdoor activities, as well as recycling and reusing materials that might have otherwise gone to waste. They are giving up their own time to make a real difference to the community they live in. I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone involved in this brilliant project.”


Notes to editors:

  • Picture captions: Photographs show volunteers at St Mary’s Church garden in Liscard, Wirral, October 2022
  • Project St Mary’s Eco Garden is being delivered by St Mary’s Church, Wirral Environmental Network, Faiths4Change and Liscard Primary School.

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Liverpool laundrette in a spin to reduce, reuse and recycle wasted clothes

It’s so far sew good for a Liverpool laundrette looking to cut the amount of clothes and textiles going to waste across the city.

The ‘Textiles RRR’ project has been conceived by Kitty’s Laundrette, the community launderette and social space in Everton, which has received £8000 from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority Community Fund 2022/23 to help raise awareness of and reduce clothes and textiles waste.

As part of TextilesRRR, Kitty’s Laundrette will be hosting community clothes-swapping events, textiles mending and craft workshops, and textiles repurposing training, as well as setting up an unwanted-textiles redistribution network. In all, there will be 52 activities for local people to learn new skills which will help them to rescue and repair old textiles.

Kitty’s Laundrette Project Lead Anthony Scott said: “With this project we want to address all aspects of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling textiles and feel that our space of a community launderette is a great place to be having those conversations and running activities.

“We’ve got all sorts of events to help us engage and encourage people to think about the environmental impact of clothing and textile waste. We’re hosting clothes swap events, sewing and clothes mending workshops, and introducing a permanent unwanted-clothes drop off point at the launderette. We’re holding natural dying workshops to enable participants to give their old clothes a new life. And last but not least we’re putting on craft workshops for reused and recycled materials, which are primarily for children and families.”

According to a recent analysis*, around 5% of household bins on Merseyside contained textiles such as clothes and shoes. By the end of the project in March 2023, Kitty’s Laundrette hope they will have saved around three tonnes of textiles from going to waste.

Inspired by Kitty Wilkinson, the founder of the wash house movement in the 1800’s and who opened the UK’s first launderette on Upper Frederick Street in Liverpool, today Kitty’s Laundrette serves the community by offering washing services, running events and being a welcoming space for people whilst their clothes spin in a sustainable wash.

Grace Harrison, the Development Coordinator at Kitty’s, said: “At the heart of our project is education – helping raise the skills and confidence of our local community to think about environmental concerns. We know that information about climate change and the need to change waste behaviours can be daunting for people to know where to start.

“Our approach will support people through small steps, making things easy and accessible to everyone and sharing positive stories of how this works.”

Councillor Tony Concepcion, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority, said: “Every year thousands of tonnes of used clothing goes to waste when there is no need for any clothing or textiles to end up in a bin. Projects like this one address this issue, keeping materials in the circular economy, and helping inspire and influence people to make small conscious changes to reduce the impact of clothes on the environment. We wish Kitty’s Laundrette and all the partners involved the best of luck!”

If you are interested in attending one of the training sessions or swap events, please get in touch with Kitty’s Laundrette via:





Notes to editors:

  • *Statistic from Merseyside and Halton Waste Composition Analysis 2021/22
  • Picture captions: Tie-Dye workshop with Buy by Bethan at Kitty’s Laundrette, Saturday 1st October 2022
  • Project RRR is being delivered by Kitty’s Laundrette, in partnership with Stitched Up UK, Small Steps Liverpool, Metal Liverpool, Fashion Revolution, Luxe Laundry NW and Sewfab Academy
  • The MRWA and Veolia Community Fund 2022/23 has seen 16 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. Funding total is £164,999.38
  • 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 – Halton, 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.
  • MRWA operates (via a contract with resource management company Veolia) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC’s) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.