Securing between £1,700 and £20,000 as part of the Recycle for Greater Manchester Community Fund (2021 – 2022), the successful projects will not only offer an incredible variety of innovative solutions to reduce household waste but will also be addressing mental health, food poverty and accessibility issues, creating a wider network of social benefits for the communities they work within. In this way, the fund not only contributes towards environmental improvements, but to residents of Greater Manchester as a whole, creating new opportunities and supporting individuals to have a better quality of life.
The fund is a joint Recycle for Greater Manchester and SUEZ initiative, supported through profits from three new reuse shops – “Renew” – which launched in July this year. The shops are located at Household Waste Recycling Centres in Oldham, Trafford and Salford, and sell pre-loved household items that would have otherwise gone to waste, increasing recycling and supporting the environment.
Cllr Emmott, Greater Manchester Green City-Region lead said: “There has been an amazing response to the fund, and we’re really pleased to be able to support such a wide range of innovative projects that are going to help reduce waste and bring new benefits and opportunities to our local communities."