GREEN-THINKING community groups across North Yorkshire are being urged to claim their slice of a fund to promote recycling.
The 'community recycling fund' is now open for new applications from community organisations across the county who want to improve their reuse, recycling and composting activities and divert waste away from landfill.
Up to £5,000 is available from the County Council for each group to set up new schemes or to improve on existing services.
Applicants are expected to match at least 25% of the funding in cash to help meet the project costs.
Clare Wood, the County Council's executive member for business and environmental services, said: "I am delighted to support the community recycling fund for another year. It provides essential financial support to community groups across North Yorkshire who want to improve existing projects or to develop new and innovative ideas. Reducing, reusing and recycling waste is something we should all try to do."
First launched in October last year, the community recycling fund has so far funded four projects across the Yorkshire Dales:
- The Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs is a group for young people between the ages of 10 and 26. It was awarded £3,000 to promote waste reduction, reuse and recycling to rural communities through a themed mascot race at Wetherby racecourse on Sunday 30 April and at their annual county show at the Pateley Bridge showground on Sunday 4 June. All mascots have to be made from reused or recycled materials.
- Rural Arts North Yorkshire were awarded £5,000 to carry out a series of arts projects to raise awareness and to encourage reuse, recycling and waste reduction in primary and secondary schools across the county. Children will use items normally thrown in the bin, such as plastic bottles, newspapers, cardboard, carrier bags, cans and cartons to create permanent pieces of 3D artwork. The project will culminate in a group exhibition for the pupils and their parents.
- The Richmond and Hambleton Furniture Store was awarded up to £1,500 to produce and distribute a leaflet to promote their community furniture reuse scheme in areas of low uptake. The marketing campaign will result in more furniture being donated for reuse by local people and less being dumped in landfill.
- The Craven Furniture Scheme was awarded £5,000 to purchase a newer and more reliable vehicle to allow the project to continue to deliver and collect furniture and waste electrical and electronic equipment throughout the Craven district.
The application deadline for the first round of funding is 24 May, with further funding rounds to be announced in June.
Organisations wanting more information or who are interested in applying for a grant from the community recycling fund should contact the County Council's community waste management officer on 01609 532045 or email@example.com
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