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Charlie says: "Create less waste"

TV gardener Charlie Dimmock has launched a campaign to promote waste minimisation.

The Ground Force presenter officially kicked off Surrey County Council's three-month It's about time campaign on Friday.

Surrey joint head of economic & sustainable resources Danielle Byrne said: "Surrey's household waste reached a staggering 580,000 tonnes last year.

"That's more than half a tonne per person - the equivalent of half a small car."

The local authority sends 80% of its waste to landfill, and reckons that if this continues, its landfill sites will be full within two years.

Dimmock said: "My passion for gardening naturally involves taking into account the wider picture to consider and care about all environmental issues.

"Waste, in particular, affects us all - we all create it and can all play a part in reducing it. Surrey is faced with serious waste issues that need to be addressed now."

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