Round One in a Liverpool estate’s fight against waste has seen an increase in the number of households recycling.
As part of the newly – formed Kenny Fields Fights Waste initiative,100 blue recycling boxes were handed out to houses in Kensington Fields – and 83 were left out with recycled materials in, almost doubling the amount of homes in the area recycling.
Kenny Fields Fights Waste brings together local residents, councillors, council officers and recycling representatives to tackle waste issues and make the area cleaner.
It has been backed with a £20,000 grant from the Local Government Association.
Six local residents have become champions to promote the recycling message and are looking at a number of ways to reduce waste in their community.
And the local Youth Club is going to produce posters and banners to display on alleygates encouraging more people to recycle.
Ward Councillor Nick Small said; “This is a really encouraging start. Officers knocked on doors asking people, if they wanted a new blue box – the boxes were originally distributed years ago and many have got lost or broken.
“The vast majorioty-83% – of those who took them have started recycling and that will already make on impact on our recycling rates.
“We know there is a long way to go and many houses still send their waste off to landfill but Kenny Fields Fights Waste has only just been launched and with the enthusiasm of the champions I am sure it will have a real impact.”
Anybody who would like a blue box for recycling should contact Liverpool Direct on 233 3001. Nets to cover the boxes and make sure waste material is contained in them are also available. Boxes and nets for recycling are available for free (limitations per household may apply).