A Load of Rubbish

A Load of Rubbish

Sean McCrossan

About the project

PROJECT TITLE: A Load of Rubbish


FUNDING: Awarded £10,000 from the Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund (2021 - 2022)

PARTNERS: Paradise Works

The idea

A visual art project to promote recycling and prevent waste in Salford. The project will explore key recycling issues through a series of creative interventions, educational activities, and community workshops. Run from an artist-led community space run by 39 artists.


Based at Irwell Riverside and the Bridgewater Community Garden, the trail will enliven and draw attention to fly-tipping and volumes of littering through a trail of surprising artistic interventions. Artists will work with educational groups to create public artworks from waste, developing a one weekend ‘pop-up’ trail around the River Irwell. The trail map will help visitors better understand the environmental impact, prevention and reporting of fly-tipping. This public engagement activity will also promote and build participation for litter picking activity along the River Irwell, and support community clear up.


A Central Salford ‘pop-up’ shop which will commission artists to make new furniture from recycled tip finds and lead workshops to teach people how to prolong the life of their furniture, encourage the donation of unwanted items and discourage fly-tipping.


Based at Irwell Riverside and the Bridgewater Community Garden, workshops will co-design and make composting bins and wormeries, which can be sited domestically, encouraging home composting and preventing waste. A larger artist commission will respond to this issue and result in an exhibition using the wormery as a talking point and tool to promote good practice around food waste and raising awareness of issues of recycling contamination.