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Cheltenham is top paper supplier

Cheltenham Borough Council has scooped first prize in a national competition for paper suppliers.

The local authority took the accolade in Aylesford Newsprint’s Annual Paper Recycling Supplier Awards beating competition from the south east and north of the country.

The company hailed Cheltenham’s careful approach to kerbside recycling as a shining example of how to approach this environmentally essential task, awarding the £500 top prize for supplying its mill with a regular supply of “excellent” quality recovered paper.

Cheltenham Borough Council waste and cleansing service manager Vanessa Eagland said: “Winning this award is fantastic. We achieve such good results because the lads who run the collection are very strict about what goes in the recycling vehicle.

“If it doesn’t meet our criteria, it is taken out of the recycling box and left with the householder who is encouraged to find an alternative means of recycling.”

From recent discussions, Aylesford has relaxed some of its collection restrictions, meaning that catalogues can now be collected for the first time, giving authorities such as Cheltenham increased scope for supplying paper.

Aylesford Newsprint commercial manager Chris White said: “Local Authorities the length and breadth of the country are recycling paper via kerbside collections and bank schemes with varying levels of success.

“We set up this award programme to reward those who run schemes which produce a regular supply of good quality paper. We also use the scheme to highlight best practice so that others can benefit from shared knowledge and experiences.”

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