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WEEE focus for Greater Manchester fund

The latest round of Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority’s community fund will focus on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

GMWDA says its research indicates that around 6,000 tonnes of small electrical items are disposed of in household bins across Greater Manchester.

The fund seeks to support community organisations with ideas to help take WEEE items out of the general rubbish.

Applications for projects that will increase the amount reused and recycled will be prioritised, although GMWDA said other waste and recycling related projects will also be considered.

Authority chair Cllr Neil Swannick said: “The community fund is a great initiative to help increase the amount of electrical items which are reused and recycled.

“We are very pleased to support projects that will not only benefit the environment, but also, as previous projects have demonstrated, bring many positives to communities in Greater Manchester. Working in partnership with communities will bring Greater Manchester another step closer to zero waste to landfill.”

John Hastings from Recycle IT, which received community waste funding in September said: “The fund has really helped us develop our reuse projects and supports us to continue to look at new and inspirational ways to treat the broken down materials to aid further reuse or up-cycling.”

The first community waste fund was launched in September 2010 with more than £60,000 going to six community organisations. In September 2011 it gave over £50,000 to seven more groups.

Visit www.gmwda.gov.uk for further information on how to apply for the fund.  

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