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Community of Deeplish invited to come together at free recycling themed Mela

Press release   •   Sep 25, 2014 11:12 BST

Rochdale’s Broadfield Park will hold an exciting free recycling themed Mela on Saturday 27 September. The event is part of the Recycle for Greater Manchester’s Up and Forward LIFE+ project funded by the European Union, and run in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council.

The Mela aims to encourage residents living in Deeplish and Sparth Bottom to recycle more. The event will provide important recycling information, while bringing the community together with a fun and interactive day.

The event is being held on Saturday 27 September 2014, from noon until 3pm, in Broadfield Park around the bandstand area.

There will be a range of free activities on the day including Dhol drumming, Bollywood performances and workshops, recycling games, face painting, henna tattoos, crafts, a bouncy castle and cookery demonstrations.

In addition there will be a Bollywood themed recycling music video being filmed on the day, where the film crew will be encouraging members of the community to take part.

Residents will also get the opportunity to report any problems they have with their waste and recycling to a member of Rochdale Borough Council. Additionally local partners such as Rochdale Environmental Action Group, Rochdale Borough Housing, Link for Life, Deeplish Community Youth Workers and the local PCSO will have stalls at the event.

The Up and Forward team would like to recruit local volunteers to help during the event, if you are interested in taking part please contact Zoe on  

For more information about Up and Forward projects across Greater Manchester please visit

Notes to Editors

The Up & Forward project looks at ways of encouraging residents to waste less and recycle more in areas of lower than average participation. The aim is to carry out a project that will demonstrate how improved communication and engagement can increase recycling and reduce waste in low performing urban areas.

After the Up and Forward team spoke to members of the community, they identified that there is some confusion as to what items can be recycled in each bin, and a common theme across the community on the understanding of why recycling is important, after input from the community it was decided a free recycling mela would be held to give out a recycling message in a fun and educational way.

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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