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Big Recycle ready to kick off events

The Big Recycle is getting ready to score with the public as it launches next week with a football theme ahead of the World Cup.

From June 5, the Big Recycle will see events taking place across the country to get people to think red, white and green when it comes to recycling their household waste.

The campaign, now in its third year, is backed by ITV football presenter Gabby Logan, commentator and former England player Graeme le Saux and actor and impressionist Alistair McGowan.

ITV football presenter Gabby Logan is backing the Big Recycle

Gabby Logan said: “I think the World Cup is a great time to remind people to do their bit, given that we generate even more waste than usual during a major sporting tournament. I hope everyone will make recycling their goal this summer.”

Waste and Resources Action Programme chief executive Jennie Price said: “This campaign is a great opportunity to remind people just how easy it is to recycle. Nine out of ten of us are able to recycle on our doorstep.

“What’s more, we now have a measure of the positive contribution that recycling can make to tackling climate change — equivalent to taking a staggering 3.5 million cars off the road — so it’s a simple way in which everyone can make a difference.”

Many local campaigns will have a strong football flavour, reflecting the World Cup fever sweeping across the nation.

They include recycling rapping events to roadshows, penalty shoot out competitions to human table football tournaments.

More information is available at

BIG Recycle 2006 events summary

Below is a summary of just some of the events taking place during ‘the BIG recycle’ 2006. Many more events are in the final planning stages, and details will be confirmed shortly.

Organisation: Sefton Council
Events: Residents in Sefton are being asked to take a recycling pledge. They can go onto Sefton Council’s website — - throughout June and make a pledge to recycle more household waste. It’s easy to do, and you’ll automatically be entered into a prize draw to win HMV vouchers.

Organisation: Telford Council
Events: A packed week of activity is in store in Telford. The Council’s recycling team are hosting a series of exhibition and information events at Telford Shopping Centre on Monday, 5t June from 9am-5.30pm; Asda in Donnington, Telford on Wednesday, June 7 from 10am-2pm and at Wellington Town Hall from 9am-5.30pm on June 9.
Plus: Local schools have been entering a Yellow Pages recycling competition — with the local school which managed to collect the most old copies of the Yellow Pages for recycling winning a cash prize. Local primary school St Lawrence won. Despite only having 61 pupils on its roll they managed to bring in a fantastic 514 copies!

Organisation: South

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