Eight diverse and interesting projects share this year’s Community Waste Fund of £70,000 allocated to local community groups focusing on waste reduction and recycling.
The first project ‘Kashmir Youth Project’ in Rochdale aims to change recycling culture by targeting households within the local community with a track record of low recycling and high contamination. There is a large focus on recruiting volunteers to become community champions and help the cause!
We move onto ‘Taste Not Waste’ in Stockport which aims to galvanisie the community to reduce food waste. The brains behind this project is Starting Point Community Learning Partnership who have already started working with the local community to offer innovative cooking related activities together with educational and practical exercises based at their Stockport site.
We love the fact that it aims to bring people together to help reduce the amount of food they waste, using our favourite Love Food Hate Waste Messages. It will also give advice and encouragement on food composting for household holders and small local businesses – so watch this space….
Raising recycling awareness in minority communities’ is also being supported through Oldham Pakistani Community Centre who plan to recruit and train Community Environmental Leaders (CELs) in partnership with other local housing and community organisations. The CELs will challenge the waste and recycling activities of householders within the East Oldham community. The aim is to reduce waste, improve recycling rates and recycle right.
Along with taste, we have ‘Waste Not Want Not’ in Tameside – Informing, educating and acting on the reduction of food waste. This will be ran by Operation Farm who will deliver inventive community based activities to promote the sensible use of excess and surplus fruit. Love Food Hate Waste key messages will feature and the purchase of fruit processing equipment will provide an on-going means to enable food waste and excess fruit to be collected and used locally. So, if you want to know how to preserve your pears or make jams from summer fruits find out more from Operation Farm.
Next we paint you a picture….. of a re-use Scheme’ with a difference – Encouraging communities to re-use rather than discard paint. Rochdale Boroughwide Housing Ltd is once again concentrating on how they can support their residents to re-use more. The project will collect unwanted, surplus paint for sale to tenants (individuals, families, community groups). The benefits don’t end there as the project will help save on the energy consumption associated with paint manufacture. This service is coming soon so keep an eye on RBH’s website to find out when the shop will be opening.
Refurbishing is in the name with ‘Denton Refurb Limited’ in Tameside which aims to – facilitate the re-use of household goods and furniture. Affordable furniture is handy for everyone and there is always room for more projects that reduce waste. Donations of furniture from house clearances by social housing landlords, as well as through residents and local businesses in Tameside will be refurbished ready for re-use.
‘Enviro-Mentors’ in Manchester will become champions of recycling in South Manchester. The City South Manchester Housing Trust is working with a team of local resident champions to deliver focused activities aimed at increasing local recycling, reducing the amount of waste produced by the community and increasing the take up of energy saving options. ‘
Last but by no means least is a bike re-use project in Manchester Coverdale and Newbank Community Association will promote re-use and recycling by refurbishing bikes to get them back out into the community. Bikes beyond repair will be stripped for parts to use on other bikes.
Interested in getting involved to make a difference to your community, then get in touch with us.