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Recycled aluminium cans to help grow fruit trees in Malawi

Recycling more aluminium cans and foil will help to grow a mass of fruit trees in Africa following an initiative launched by BBC TV presenter Dr Charlotte Uhlenbroek, an environmental film maker. The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), a not-for-profit group, is working with British charity Ripple Africa to grow a tree in Malawi for every tonne of aluminium packaging recycled in the UK. Uhlenbroek said: I am really keen to support this initiative because I like the fact that you can see a sort of tangible result from recycling, that every single aluminium can or bit of aluminium foil that you put into the recycling bin actually goes to benefit rural communities in Africa. The campaign will be promoted in partnership with local authorities and businesses, with special educational resources for schools. Its a win-win situation. We are helping the environment here and globally we are helping people in Africa, Uhlenbroek added.

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