For the second time this year we have awarded local community groups funding for waste and recycling projects. Six organisations have secured £50,000 of funding between them to help us all waste as an important resource.
Three of the projects have an emphasis on re-using and recycling Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE), so it doesn’t end up in landfill. The project aims to make people think about what happens to all of our unwanted electrical goods.
The other three projects include exciting stuff such as a partnership with the People’s History Museum in Manchester to raise awareness of how and what to recycle, a furniture re-use project with Trafford Housing Trust and a scheme to increase recycling in flats, to help residents recycle more. These community projects all combine to make reducing, reusing and recycling second nature here in Greater Manchester, and we love giving the money to great initiatives.
All of these projects are happening in an area near you so why not get involved see if you can help make a difference to your community, details below.
The fantastic projects:
Wesley – WEEE workshop
The Wesley project has received funding to establish a Designated Collection Facility (DCF) and employ a technician to test and refurbish small and large (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment WEEE for resale)
The creation of a new WEEE refurbishment workshop will increase waste electrical re-use tonnage and increase electrical sales and stock turnover by 200%. The project will build a skill base of volunteers able to undertake electrical refurbishment. This will create volunteering opportunities and develop an opportunity to share best practice.
Trafford Housing Trust – Rainbow project
This project aims to collect furniture, donated by tenants, or collected from void properties. The items collected will be refurbished and sold at an affordable price to tenants. The project will create jobs and volunteering opportunities for local people, as well as reduce waste arising through embedding up-cycling skills and encourage people to view their unwanted furniture waste as a resource.
The People’s History Museum in Manchester – Community waste and recycling education
This project will provide recycling facilities and information about recycling for visitors. It will help to reduce waste produced by the museum and visitors, and help to increase recycling and composting. The project will work with children and adults to encourage recycling behaviour in and outside of the home.
Mustard Tree- Free WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) PCs
This project will build upon the success of Mustard Tree’s pilot project that collected and refurbished PC equipment. The funding will help to extend the service to cover a wider range of small and large WEEE. The project will increase awareness of re-use and divert at least 1000 tonnes of WEEE from landfill. It will also facilitate training for volunteers from a local IT company, including IT and 4 PAT testing certification to further volunteers’ access to employment.
Manchester Environmental Resource Centre Initiative (MERCI) – Up to Your Waste- Promoting recycling and re-use in flats
The aim of the project is to increase residents’ involvement in re-use and recycling, through delivering recycling and up-cycling workshops.
Residents living in flats will be supported to recycle right through the recruitment of 14 local recycling champions for each tower block. Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and battery collection points will be set up to help re-use and recycle more WEEE. The project will make residents more aware of waste as an important resource.
RE>BUILD – Small Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) collection and the refurbishment and up-cycling of furniture.
The money will fund a pilot to assess the viability of small WEEE drop off points and promote the sale of refurbished WEEE, to help increase the amount of small electrical items that are re-used and recycled. Up-Cycling furniture refurbishment workshops will be also be available to the general public.