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Community in Langley Come Together to Organise Recycling Event

Press release   •   Mar 25, 2014 12:22 GMT

Residents living in Langley, Middleton, have been working with officers from Recycle for Greater Manchester to plan and host their own recycling event.

On Saturday, 29 March, from 12-3pm, the Demesne Community Centre, Asby Close, Langley will be full of activities and stalls being ran by the community to help their neighbours to recycle better.

The area of Langley was chosen as the focus for a European Union LIFE+ funded Up and Forward campaign aiming to get local residents talking to each other about their opinions on recycling household waste. By using the skills and talents of local residents as much as possible the event is set to be filled with a variety of fun activities.

Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Rochdale Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Place
and Regulation, said: “It’s great that the community in Langley have come together to really take ownership of this recycling event. I hope everybody has a fantastic time learning about how best to recycle and minimise what we send to landfill.”

Visitors can expect to take part in seed planting and crafts workshops. This will provide excellent gifts for mother’s day. Additionally there will be face painting expert for the children and cookery demonstrations by Cracking Good Food, showing how to waste less by using up leftover food. Furthermore local sporting ambassador Phil Gallimore will be running various sports activity sessions using recyclable items.

The grand finale of the day will be the announcement of the recycling sticker design competition winners by our recycling super hero. Thanks to the cooperation of Bowlee Park Community School, the Up and Forward team has been able to successfully engage with the younger residents of Langley and raise awareness through the delivery of an interactive assembly and meetings with their student eco council.

Recycle for Greater Manchester’s Up and Forward Team have also recruited and trained 14 recycling ambassadors all from the community of Langley. The training has taught them to become beacons of recycling knowledge, allowing them to aid members of their community with any problems they experience which prevent them from recycling. Each of the 14 ambassadors has volunteered their own time to help improve awareness and spread recycling messages throughout the local community.

Joanna Collins, eco coordinator from Bowlee Park Commiunity School, said: “This has been a great project to be part of. Not only has it aided us in reaching the recycling element of our own eco schools project it is brilliant to be part of a campaign which takes on board the opinion of actual local residents of all ages.”

Notes to Editors

The Up and Forward project is funded by the European Union EU funding stream Life +.  LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 3708 projects, contributing approximately €2.8 billion to the protection of the environment.

Recycle for Greater Manchester is a partnership between Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM) and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), encouraging all residents of Greater Manchester to reduce, re-use and recycle more and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

The Greater Manchester zero waste initiative will save around 286,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) provides recycling and waste disposal services for 1,009,815 households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. It handles around 5% of national municipal waste.

Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM)  is a joint venture company owned by Viridor, a subsidiary of Pennon Group PLC, and John Laing PLC, who have come together to deliver a 25 year Recycling and Waste Management Contract.

VLGM provides facilities and services to manage householders waste in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner. This involves the reception, treatment and disposal of waste to increase levels of recycling, composting and recovery and reduce waste sent to landfill.

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