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A recycled Christmas cardboard mountain

Keen environmentalists in the Cotswolds have been recycling unprecedented amounts of card and cardboard over the Christmas period.

There are now eight large cardboard recycling containers sited across the Cotswold District and one of them – at Kingsmeadow Tesco, Cirencester – was full up within just two hours of being emptied last Friday (28th December).

“We have been overwhelmed by the success of our cardboard recycling during 2007,” said Ralph Young, Cotswold District Council’s Director of Environmental Services.

“During the year, we increased the number of cardboard banks from two to eight and have seen the amount of cardboard being recycled in the District increase from around two tonnes to 20 tonnes per month.

“The amount of card and cardboard being recycled reached unprecedented levels over Christmas due to all the extra packaging and staff from the Council and our contractors have been working very hard to keep up with the demand.

“There have been a few occasions when the recycling banks have overflowed but we have now increased the frequency of collections at all sites and are confident we will stay on top of the situation in the New Year.”

A small minority of residents made the Council’s job more difficult over the Christmas holiday period by dumping general household waste at recycling sites.

Mr Young added: “The vast majority of Cotswold residents are keen recyclers and most of those who use the recycling banks are doing a great job. However, there are a few people who abuse the facilities by dumping non-recyclable waste. We would urge this small minority to stop acting selfishly.”

To find out more about recycling services in the Cotswolds and information on your nearest recycling banks, visit www.recycleforgloucestershire.com

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