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About Us

The Wheel is building Merton’s capacity to reduce waste, reuse and recycle what we can locally. This online hub aims to link existing circular initiatives and enterprises with residents & businesses, raise awareness, support volunteering networks, skill-share opportunities and improve connectivity. Check out the circular economy signposts we have put together.

The Wheel was developed by Merton's Climate Action Group and is run by Sustainable Merton - Merton's local environmental charity.

The project is generously supported by Merton Council and is also part of ReLondon's circular neighbourhoods collaborative initiative.

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Why is this important?

To achieve net-zero.

This project is grounded in waste reduction and the circular economy and directly contributes to Merton Council’s target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. But no council can achieve it’s target without support from the community. We aim to support the community to take action to reduce the amount of waste we send to incinerate or export to other countries, and live in more circular neighbourhoods.

Where did the name come

The name ‘The Wheel’ symbolises the circular economy and Merton's heritage water mills. Merton is a South London borough, home to the world renowned Wimbledon tennis, green spaces, educational institutions, 88,000 homes, over 200,000 residents and 7000 businesses. See here for more information. 

Meet The Team

In both her professional and personal life, Franki has advocated for positive change for people and the planet through policy development, campaigns and community organising. For the past 10 years, Franki has experienced working in charities and within Government. She grew up in the North East of England, in a family that valued reusing, repairing and upcycling. Since moving to Merton in 2018, she has volunteered in local community environmental groups such as Merton Friends of the Earth, Merton Council’s Climate Emergency Working Group, and Mitcham Community Orchard. She loves living with permaculture principles in mind: caring for people and the planet, sharing resources, and making low-waste lifestyle choices.

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Mary Hanover

Senior Communications Advisor

Mary is passionate about helping NGOs and ethical brands expand their reach with PR and social media. She recently joined Sustainable Merton to provide additional support and help launch The Wheel. Previously Mary managed the celebrity & influencer marketing for The World Refill Day annual public awareness campaign and worked at COP26 in Glasgow managing PR for a Youth Climate Summit. She is a Womble in the true sense of the word, having grown up in the middle of Wimbledon Common where. More than 40 years on, and she still lives in the same spot on Wimbledon Common with her husband and three children. She is delighted to be working with the team at Sustainable Merton on the array of local projects, helping her own borough achieve a greener, more sustainable future. 

Organisations and businesses we are working with

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