Landfill grants distributed

Tuesday, 15 September 2015.

Landfill grants distributed

Grants totalling £367,800 have been distributed to 24 environmental and community projects close to landfill sites operated by Cumbria Waste Group.

A working organic farm, a community theatre and a wildlife area were just some of the projects that benefited from grants provided by Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust (CWMET) in 2014/15

CWMET, a charitable-run environmental body, distributes funds generated through the landfill operations of Cumbria Waste Group, the largest waste management and recycling company in Cumbria.

The grants, which ranged from £4,000 to £85,000, also helped to build a new village hall and refurbish children's play areas across the county. Examples of just a few of the schemes awarded grants were:

Gosling Sike Farm – a grant of £32,000 was awarded to fund access improvements at this popular working organic farm in Houghton Carlisle. This enabled a new path to be built which has increased the access, including disables access, to the wetland and other areas of the farm.

Lazonby Will Pool – a grant of £4,600 was awarded to upgrade this visitor attraction in Lazonby, Penrith. This included improving access for everybody and providing a better viewpoint to see the wildlife inhabitants of the pond and surrounding area.

Wetheral Community Centre – a grant of £75,000 was awarded to fund the sustainable energy element (air source heat pump) of the new community centre in Wetheral, Carlisle.

Mike Bareham, Managing Director of Cumbria Waste Group, said: "When waste is sent to landfill, the operator responsible for that waste incurs a landfill tax charge.

"As the operator of two landfill sites in Cumbria – at Hespin Wood, Carlisle, and Flusco, Penrith - this means we are then able to use a proportion of this tax to assist environmental and community projects within a ten-mile radius of these sites.

"We are therefore delighted that in 2014/15, 24 very worthwhile local projects were able to benefit from funds generated through our landfill operations."

CWMET expects to receive in the region of £285,000 during 2015/16, so local organisations who would like to be considered for a grant, and who meet the criteria, can visit www.cwmet.org.uk or telephone 01228 822106.

Landfill Tax is charged on each tonne of waste sent to landfill. Money for the grants is generated through the Landfill Communities Fund which enables the operators of landfill sites to work with environmental bodies on projects that create significant environmental benefits, jobs and which improve the lives of communities living near landfill sites.