East Manchester Environment and Resources Group (EMERGE) began as a voluntary organisation in January 1996
EMERGE registered as a Company Limited by Guarantee. This means there are no private share owners; EMERGE is an open organisation offering membership to all those who share our aims and vision.
We had our first fully paid member of staff, pioneered the first hi-rise flats recycling service in Manchester and piloted the first Pedestrian Controlled Vehicle (PCV) multi-material collections for 5,000 households. This was an innovative method of collecting from the doorstep.
We also developed the Open College Network (OCN) qualification in Community Recycling, the first qualification of its kind in recycling.
We established recycling services for 30,000 homes, collecting paper every fortnight. We hosted recycling at events such as Manchester Mela attended by over 5000 people.
EMERGE secured support from the European Social Fund for all activities with a focus on training and developing a wider programme of ‘Community Recycling Champions’ in Manchester.
We secured a domestic recycling contract with Trafford Council to serve 7,000 homes weekly with multimaterials in Old Trafford and Gorse Hill, receiving financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and CRED Lottery Funding.
We also secured a major partnership arrangement with Manchester City Council to run a multi-material kerbside collection service for 55,000 homes in North and Central Manchester, assisting the city in raising its recycling rate from 4% to 17%!
Using our expertise in domestic recycling services, we assisted Warrington Council with the rollout of their recycling services to 80,000+ homes.
EMERGE began its Schools Recycling Programme, thanks to CRED lottery funding. We provided a free recycling service to over 150 schools and 3Rs education workshops to all participating schools.
EMERGE develops and expands its Business Services, now collecting from over 700 businesses throughout Manchester and the surrounding areas, with the additions of plastic bottle collections, batteries and IT equipment reuse and recycling to our long list of materials collected for recycling and reuse.
As CRED funding for the Schools Recycling Programme came to an end, EMERGE set up opportunities for local businesses to sponsor a school but then secured Big Lottery Funding and ran the REAL Skills Programme.
Accessing our 16 years of waste management expertise, EMERGE still provides consultancy and waste auditing services to businesses and schools, local authorities and community organisations.
This page is still partly under re-construction! Watch this space for the rest of the story...!