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Bolton win UPM Shotton's 'Race to Recycle'

For the second year running, Bolton residents are celebrating after storming to victory in the UPM Shotton Race to Recycle Awards.

The area scooped £24,250 in cash - half of the total £48,500 prize fund available- after Bolton Council managed to increase its potential paper recycling rate by an astounding 13% in the last year.

UPM Shotton head of recovered paper procurement Martin Green said: “Race to Recycle is our flagship initiative in Greater Manchester. Since the event was launched in 2002, we have seen an amazing 61% increase in paper recycling.

“Recent figures suggest that the north west produces more waste per person a year than any other region and this unique competition was designed to provide a significant incentive to help correct this shocking statistic. Bolton’s well deserved prize acts as a thank you to residents of the town and we hope this encourages them to keep up the good work and continue to recycle.”

Following Bolton in first place, Trafford and Rochdale drew for second, with all councils intent on investing the hard-earned cash in social or environmental projects that will benefit the local communities.

Cheques were presented by Time Team and Blackadder star Tony Robinson in a lavish ceremony held at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.

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