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Free Sew Recycled class is back

Press release   •   Oct 27, 2014 10:47 GMT

Due to popular demand, Recycle for Greater Manchester has partnered with Junk Shop to provide a free sewing skills class in Rochdale borough.

The Sew Recycled class aim to encourage Greater Manchester residents to get behind a sewing machine, pick up a needle and thread and get creative with their wardrobe.

As well as learning sewing skills, the classes promote the importance of donating and recycling their unwanted clothes and textiles instead of throwing them in the bin.

The sew recycled class will involve making a ‘sew-skilled’ bag for life - where attendees will learn ‘make do and mend’ skills including how to hem, applique, patch and much more.  Attendees can then put their new skills to the test and customise and upcycle their clothing and textiles with support from the Junk Shop experts.

The event takes place on Friday, November 28, from 2-5pm, in Rochdale Central Library at Number One Riverside.

Councillor Jacqui Beswick, Cabinet Member for Housing and the Environment at Rochdale Borough Council, said: “An average Greater Manchester household owns £4,000 worth of clothes, 30 per cent unworn in 12 months. Therefore, more and more clothes and textiles are being thrown away, most of which could be worn again.

“Sewing has had a real resurgence lately with programmes such as the Great British Sewing Bee encouraging us to make and reuse clothes to create amazing new items for our wardrobes, so an event like this will really help people learn some basic sewing skills.”

More than £140 million worth of clothing that gets binned ends up in landfill every year. Unwanted clothes and textiles too worn and torn for repair or donation can be recycled at the textile banks at 20 Recycling Centres across Greater Manchester. 

For further dates, locations and more information, please call 0161 238 8517 or visit  

Notes to Editors

Classes available to book now:


Date   Sunday 23rd November

Time   12 – 3pm

Location   Bolton Central Library, Le Mans Crescent, BL1 1SE 


Date   Friday 21st November

Time  12.30pm – 3.30pm 

Location   Bury Met, Market St, BL9 0BW


Date   Monday 20th October 

Time    4.30 – 7.30pm 

Location   Central Library, St. Peter's Square M2 5DP


Date  Saturday 29th November 

Time  1.30 – 4.30pm

Location  Manchester Quaker Centre, Mount Street, M2 5NS


Date   Monday 24th November

Time   13.30 - 16.30pm

Location   Gallery Oldham, Cultural Quarter, Greaves Street, OL1 1AL



Date  Friday 28th November

Time  2 – 5pm 

Location   Central Library, 1 Riverside OL16 1XU



Date  Thursday 16th October  

Time   4.45 – 7.45pm 

Location   Angel Centre, 1 St. Phillips Place M3 6FA

Date  Tuesday 25th November 

Time   2.45 – 5.45pm 

Location  Angel Centre, 1 St. Phillips Place M3 6FA


Date  Thursday 30th October

Time  2.30-5.30pm

Location   St Mary's Community Hall, St Mary's Drive, South Reddish, SK5 7AX

Date   Wednesday 19th November

Time  3-6pm

Location  St Mary's Community Hall, St Mary's Drive, South Reddish, SK5 7AX



Date   Thursday 20th November 

Time   3.30 – 6.30pm 

Location   Tameside Central Library,  Old Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7SG



Date   Wednesday 26th November 

Time   6 - 9pm

Location   St John’s Centre, St John's Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX


Date   Wednesday 5th November 

Time   6 - 9pm 

Location   St John’s Centre, St John's Road, Old Trafford, M16 7GX

Recycle for Greater Manchester is a partnership between Viridor Laing (Greater Manchester) Limited (VLGM) and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA), encouraging the people of Greater Manchester to recycle more and recycle better. Our Vision is to help make Greater Manchester a shining example of urban recycling.

Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority (GMWDA) provides recycling and waste disposal services for over one million households in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford. It handles around 5% of England’s 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.

Junk Shop UK is an independent clothing store that sells a range of vintage jewellery and sustainable fashion from its quirky boutique store in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

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