Schools from across the Granby Toxteth area of Liverpool are helping to spread the recycling message as part of an imaginative initiative by the Granby Toxteth Development Trust
The project, which is supported by a £8000 grant from the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund, is part of a wider initiative in the local area that’s working with a range of communities and residents to improve recycling, prevent fly-tipping and improve the local area and its green spaces.
One of the groups in the area includes a growing community of Roma families - and it was pupils from these families who attend St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School and Smithdown Primary School that enjoyed a visit to the Gillmoss Recycling Discovery Centre to see recycling in action out more about what happens to their waste.
Julie Aitchison, Project Officer, from Granby Toxteth Development Trust said: “It is great to see the young people taking such a keen interest in finding out more about how they can become Recycling Heroes in their community
Alexandra Bahor, Roma Community Development Worker said “It is a good example to see changes in the attitudes of young people who come from countries where recycling is not a priority. Here in the UK they can get involved in improving their neighbourhood and encourage adults to join in to create a healthier community.”
The visit allowed the group to see how recyclable materials are delivered to the facility and are then sorted into separate streams using technology and some people power! – and took part in a range of activities and games.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Chairperson of Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority said: “We’re thrilled with the success of this project – by supporting the Granby Toxteth Development Trust we’ve enabled them to reach out to a wide range of communities with recycling and reuse messages. By recognising some of the barriers that these sometimes hard to reach groups experience, the project has developed a range of activities to ensure both an better understanding of recycling services and actions, but also improved health and well-being overall.”