Waste prevention fund up for grabs for Merseyside and Halton community groups

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Home Farm, one of last year's Community Fund projects

Merseyside and Halton community groups could benefit from a share of a £115,000 waste prevention fund set up to make the region a cleaner place.

Launched in 2006, the grant is aimed at schemes which reduce household waste and encourage recycling and resource re-use.

It is funded Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund.

Successful applicants from community and voluntary groups, schools, faith groups and not-for-profit organisations can be awarded up to £25,000 for schemes which operate across all six districts in Merseyside and Halton.

Up to £8,000 will be given to projects which at one local authority level.

This year’s bids must tackle one of MRWA’s priorities: food, plastics, textiles and furniture.

Cllr Graham Morgan, chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA), said: “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.”

The 2016/17 fund was given to 10 projects and resulted in 1,345 tonnes of waste material diverted and £134,500 of equivalent landfill costs avoided.

Interested groups should complete and submit an Expression of Interest with MRWA by 28 February.

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