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Edition No. 141

Date:- 28 February 2004

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A LOCAL Heritage Initiative has given the generous grant to the Society, which is a partnership between the Countryside Agency, Heritage Lottery Fund and the Nationwide Building Society to gain volunteers for a research project cast by the Merseyside Light-vessel Preservation Society.

It is intended to interview past crewmembers and those associated with the maintenance and servicing of the ship whenever she was stationed during her working life. Many sailors over the years, both in the Merchant and Royal navies, will have fond memories of sighting this little red ship when entering and leaving the river Mersey.

Project Leader and ex-Merchant Navy Chief Engineer said:- "We will be developing an exhibition based around the information that people bring forward and make sure that this important local heritage is preserved for future generations and to work more closely with those previously associated with Mersey Light Vessels." 

Volunteers will be needed to conduct interviews and research archives in a bid to draw up a complete history of Planet and previous lightships that served at the Mersey Bar.

All volunteers will receive some training, and be provided with the necessary equipment. A webmaster will also be needed to set up a special Project website.

Free information days are being held at March 5 from 11am to 4pm.

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A HARD-HITTING awareness campaign is set to hit the streets of Merseyside this week as Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority and the five district councils of Merseyside launch their latest bid to increase recycling rates across the region.

More than £180,000 has been invested in the campaign that will go up on 48-sheet billboards, full building wraps, bus stops and bus sides, as well as feature on regional radio, in newspaper advertising, promotions and street events.

Campaign studies show that 60 per cent of rubbish householders throw away can be recycled – revealing a catastrophic waste of resources in terms of manufacture, collection and its eventual dumping in landfill sites where it can take centuries to degrade.

Stiff new targets being are to be set by the EU in which the people of Liverpool face millions of pounds in fines if they don’t change their wasteful ways. As tough new targets are being introduced to combat reduction of pollution and the use of land fill sites.

Carl Beer, Director of MWDA says:- “The message will be going out loud and clear across the region, we all need to think about what we throw away before we even open a bin. It doesn’t cost anything apart from a little effort in sorting out the recyclables from the normal rubbish.

Merseyside currently recycles 11 percent of its waste, below the EU legislative target. By April this year a further 1 percent increase in recyling must be wrought from waste resource and a further 22 percent by the following year. 

Every year the people of Merseyside throw away over 800,000 tonnes of waste either in their bins, or at the area's Waste Reception Centres. This mountain of waste is enough to fill the three local football stadiums twice a year.