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Wilde in Tesco plea

She once asked when there would be a harvest for the world, now she wants to know when there will be a recycling centre at Tesco in Hatfield.

Eighties pop singer Kim Wilde, who sung the Isley Brothers hit with Jason Donovan for Amnesty International, opened a state-of-the-art facility in Portsmouth this week.

The machine's compression of materials means it can store 10,000 plastic bottles, 35,000 aluminium cans and 3,100 glass bottles.

It also has a computer system that sends an alert when it needs to be emptied, and is only the second of its kind in the world.

Wilde said: "I wish we had one where I live in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

"I welcome anything that helps the housewife or husband recycle. It makes perfect sense to have centres at places where people shop."

Tesco is trialling six of the machines in southern England.

When the first centre opened in Winchester, Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett said: "I am delighted to see retailers using their unique position to help encourage their customers to recycle."

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