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Make recycling your goal this summer

PUBLISHED: 12:23 01 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:56 22 October 2010

Former Norwich City goalkeeper, Bryan Gunn, is helping Norfolk's councils launch a new campaign to encourage people to recycle more household waste. The start of The BIG Recycle national awareness week on Monday 5 June, which is also World Environment Day 2006, is being marked by a two-day event at the Forum in Norwich.

Former Norwich City goalkeeper, Bryan Gunn, is helping Norfolk's councils launch a new campaign to encourage people to recycle more household waste. The start of The BIG Recycle national awareness week on Monday 5 June, which is also World Environment Day 2006, is being marked by a two-day event at the Forum in Norwich.

The football-themed event is being organised by the Norfolk Waste Partnership and the Environment Agency, as part of the Norfolk Waste Partnership's 'Recycle for Norfolk' communications campaign. The NWP is Norfolk County Council and the seven district councils working together to raise awareness of recycling and waste issues.

People will be invited to have a go at activities like decorating their own reusable shopping bags as well as taking part in recycling competitions and goal-scoring games. Local council officers will be at the Forum between 10am and 4pm on both days to offer advice on recycling, composting and waste reduction. Businesses of all sizes will be able to find out how they can do their bit to recycle and there will also be information from the Environment Agency and local community groups.

Bryan Gunn, who will be helping out on Tuesday 6 June said: “The aim is to encourage everyone to recycle more household waste - from cans and bottles to newspapers, cardboard and garden waste. With the World Cup just around the corner, it's a great time to remind people to do their bit as we tend to generate even more waste during major sporting tournaments thanks to all the drinks and snacks. But we can all make a difference, so come along and find out how to get involved in The BIG Recycle.”

Two new resources will also be launched on Monday 5 June:

t Eastex is a state-of-the-art online materials exchange for Norfolk and the rest of the eastern region, which exploits the principle that one organisation's waste is another's raw material. By automatically matching these parties via the internet, unwanted materials can be efficiently passed on or sourced, keeping useful materials in circulation. For more information visit www.eastex.org.uk/norfolk or email norfolk@eastex.org.uk

t The CD Recycling Campaign is a free recycling service provided by Anglia Printing Services to anyone living within a 25-mile radius of Beccles (including Norwich). This scheme is ideal for businesses, schools or even individuals who have a lot of unwanted CDs. For more information, call Anglia Printing Services on 01502 715551 or visit www.angliaprint.co.uk

Cllr Barry Coleman, chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, said: "Here in Norfolk we managed to recycle 30 per cent of our household waste last year, which puts us in the top 10 counties in the country. We are currently doing even better at 36 per cent and we believe we can top that, especially if everyone gets into the spirit of The BIG Recycle."


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