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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, in essence we are a community business (a social enterprise); 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.

By now we were collected paper fortnightly from over 30,000 homes. We provided recycling at events such as Manchester Mela and the Moss Side Carnival, each attended by over 5000 people.

EMERGE secured major 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 domestic recycling contracts with Trafford Council (to collect multimaterials from 7,000 homes weekly within Old Trafford and Gorse Hill), and similarly, a major partnership arrangement with Manchester City Council to provide a multi-material kerbside collection service for 55,000 homes in North and Central Manchester, helping the city raise its recycling rate from 4% to 17%!

Using our expertise in domestic recycling services, we assisted Warrington Council with sucessful rollout of their recycling services to 80,000+ homes.

EMERGE began a major 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.

2007- onwards
EMERGE develops and expands its Business Services, now collecting from over 900 businesses in 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.

EMERGE agreed to partner with FareShare UK and run the Greater Manchester 'branch' of this national charity, redistributing surplus in-date food to community groups, schools and voluntary sector bodies who use food to help alleviate poverty.
EMERGE Recycling is now a fully ISO9001/BSEN15713 compliant specialist in confidential shredding. As a member of the BSIA (British Security Industry Assoc), all document shredding is assured to be handled in a secure, compliant and professional manner. As a not-for-personal-profit social enterprise our recycling enterprise helps support FareShare Greater MCR.

Consulting and Waste Audit Services

With nearly 20 years of waste industry experience, we have considerable expertise and an ongoing passion and commitment for the 'real 3Rs' of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. After many consultancy projects we now only occasionally take on a project of special interest. Please contact Lucy to explore your requirements further, 0161 223 8200 via Option 2.