After- school club gets creative with rubbish for Halloween

An old jar of coffee transformed into a fantastic Halloween lantern

An old jar of coffee transformed into a fantastic Halloween lantern

The after-school club held every Tuesday at The Broughton Trust has been busy recycling household items into scary costumes for Halloween.

Rather than buying outfits, the group made paper masks out of old stationery found at The Trust’s offices and created bat man masks using old mouse mats.

Turning old mouse mats into bat-man masks

Turning old mouse mats into bat-man masks

The finished mask!

The finished mask!

Black bin liners were vamped up into costumes and old coffee jars were used to create lanterns to take along to the Spooky Night held in Peel Park.

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The complete outfit! Made of bin bags, an old mouse mat and a lantern made out of a glass jar.

Getting ready for Spooky Night in Peel Park!

Getting ready for Spooky Night in Peel Park!

“The costumes are brilliant and it was great fun using everyday items that were destined for the rubbish bin.” Zoe Goddard from The Broughton Trust.

The group has also made sock monsters, gaining inspiration from the Rubbish Revamped book.

Making sock monsters at the after-school club

Making sock monsters at the after-school club

Earlier in the year Rubbish Revamped came along to a fun-day organised by Salix Homes on the Spike Island estate and taught us how to create jewelry from household waste. The button bracelets and juice carton wallets proved popular with everyone. For more ideas about getting creative with rubbish visit the Rubbish Revamped website: http://rubbishrevamped.org.uk/

Rubbish Revamped teaching us how to recycle rubbish into jewellery

Rubbish Revamped teaching us how to recycle rubbish into jewelry.

The environmental after-school club meets every Tuesday at 3.15pm at RITA House on Heath Avenue in Lower Broughton. All children are welcome if they are accompanied by a parent or carer. Please ring The Broughton Trust on 0161 831 9807 for more details or just turn up.

Salford Residents Recycle More!

Since the launch of the new waste collection service, Salford residents have saved 2,500 tonnes of rubbish from being sent to landfill in two months – which is the weight of more than 350 large African elephants whilst recycling has increased by 13 per cent.

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The figures from the first eight weeks of the new waste collection service identify significant improvements in recycling and around £450,000 of savings to the taxpayer, in comparison with the same period in 2012. It costs more than £200 for each tonne of waste to be buried in the ground. Disposal of recycling food and garden waste costs just £54 per tonne and the council receives an income of £25 per tonne when paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and cans are recycled.

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Councillor Gena Merrett, Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment at Salford City Council, said:  “A big thanks goes out to the residents of Salford support during the roll-out of the new service. More than 26,000 extra recycling bins have been ordered since the roll out, which provides even greater opportunities for savings and increased recycling.

Councillor Merrett continued:  “Salford had one of the lowest recycling rates in Greater Manchester and we are determined to change this and help save our environment.  We have also created 18 new jobs as a result of the increased recycling collections.”

The Irwell Valley Sustainable Communities Project will be encouraging households to reuse and recycle more, at a fun day being organised by Salix Homes on Heath Avenue in Lower Broughton on Friday 23 August, 1-4pm and at the Party in the Park in Albert’s Park on 7th September, 12-6pm. Come along to these free family events and learn how to get creative with empty drinks cartons and junk mail.

For further information about recycling services in Salford residents can ring 0161 909 6500 or log a service request through www.salford.gov.uk/reportit