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Pantomines, poems and glass for the festive period

While all waste streams increase considerably during Christmas, the recycling message is being spread with the help of something central to this time of year.

With the pantomime season into full swing, the award winning Glassforever recycling education programme is joining forces with productions all over the north of England and Scotland.

At this time of year, the country uses an astonishing extra 750 million bottles and glass containers, with local schools being invited to submit posters and poems linking glass recycling with the local pantomime.

Glassforever education officer Zoe Cross said: We expect this to be a lot of fun, but with a serious purpose. Everyone can recycle their bottles and jars over the Christmas period, and we want to use the children to make sure that this message goes from the pantomime to the real world.

The Glassforever fund is managed by Rockware Glass, whose factory in Doncaster is helping the civic theatre and local council get behind the campaign.

A large number of poems have already been received, with one reading: Recycle reuse, thats what we choose; Once upon a time, there was big news; Sleeping beauty, a beautiful lass; Is under a curse, thats sealed in recycled glass.

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