A WIRRAL recycling project has won a grant to stop unwanted furniture going to landfill.
Project UP is a scheme which ‘up-cycles’ unwanted furniture and provides training opportunities for the unemployed.
The scheme has been awarded £14,000 grant from Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority’s (MRWA) and Veolia Environmental Services Community Fund to help it stop unwanted furniture going to landfill – and help local families at the same time.
Project UP is a partnership between Groundwork Cheshire and Magenta Living.
Jon Hutchinson of Groundwork Cheshire said: “The grant will make a big difference and means that we can continue our work and really make a difference – not just to the amount of material sent to landfill but, through training opportunities and furniture donations, to communities across the Wirral as well.”
Project UP workshop in Wallasey collects unwanted furniture destined for landfill, strips it back to its original state and then refinishes it with a modern twist.
All of the renovation work is carried out by a team of young volunteers so they can gain training and education.
The scheme also works with Wirral Metropolitan College by offering students work experience on the project.
The project will distribute all of the restored furniture free of charge to residents in desperate need.
MRWA chief executive, Carl Beer said: “Project UP is a great example of how a relatively small amount of money – and a creative approach – can make a big difference to the lives of people in Merseyside communities.”