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30 green bottles sitting on the wall!

Celebrations got under way this week, as the bottle bank commemorated its 30th birthday.

The first ever public bottle bank was opened in 1977 at Tescos car park,
Wombwell Lane , Barnsley . Since then 23 billion jars and bottles have been recycled and more than 50,000 bottle banks exist around the UK .

The 30th anniversary of the bottle bank coincides with Recycle Now Week that finishes tomorrow.

Stanley Race was the president of Glass Manufacturing Federation when the first bottle bank was launched and the first person to drop an empty jar into it. He said: I am really proud to have been involved in getting glass recycling off the ground and to be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the bottle bank.

It is so important because recycling helps the environment, reduces emissions and helps to conserve the landscape.

The amount of glass recycled over the past 30 years would reach to the moon and back six times but some critics say there is more to be done.

British Glass director general of trade federation David Workman said:
UK consumers have come a long way since 1977 and now recycle 50% of all our glass. Everyone can play their part no matter how small from perfume bottles, to beer bottles and jam jars it all goes to helping our environment.

The quality and purity of new bottles and jars made with recycled glass is the same as those made only with raw materials and this process can be repeated endlessly delivering continued environmental benefits.

Recycling glass to make new containers has four main environmental benefits: energy saving, lower emissions, reduced landfill and a reduction in quarrying.


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