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UP TO £15,000 OF COMMUNITY GROUP PRIZES UP FOR GRABS IN NEW re3 GLASS RECYCLING INITIATIVE

16 Oct 2017 16:03

Community groups could be in with a chance of winning up to £1000 in a new glass recycling campaign prize draw from re3, the waste management partnership for Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham.

To take part in the prize draw, re3 is encouraging schools, charities and voluntary and community sector organisations to make a commitment to increasing glass recycling at bring banks. This could be by collecting hot drinks jars after a fundraising coffee morning and taking them to a re3 glass bank; telling others about the initiative through social media; encouraging supporters to use a glass bring bank on their way to work; or to give a school assembly or write an article in a community newsletter on the benefits of glass recycling.

In return, groups will be entered into the community fund prize draw. At the end of the campaign in October 2018, prizes will be allocated to 15 schools, charities or community groups in the re3 area – 5 each from Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham. The more glass recycled through the campaign, the bigger the community fund, up to the value of £15,000 or £1000 per individual prize.

Competitions and prizes for re3 area residents on social media using the #alottabottle hashtag are also being planned. To register your group’s participation in the campaign and to be eligible for the community fund prize draw, please visit www.re3.org.uk now for a link to the application form and a full list of terms and conditions.

Bracknell Forest’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Mrs Dorothy Hayes MBE said: “Glass is a valuable recyclable material that we all use in our everyday lives when we enjoy a bottle of wine, have jam on our toast or cook with a ready-made sauce. It can be reused again and again without any loss in quality and is recycled into higher end products after being separated by colour in bring banks.

“I’m very excited about this campaign as it combines recycling, an activity that already benefits the community, with the opportunity for schools, charities and other groups to win up to £1000 for their own projects”.

Reading Borough Council’s Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods, Cllr Liz Terrysaid: “Our glass bring banks are already well used and they allow us to recycle bottles and jars in a more cost-effective, environmentally friendly way than simply sending them to landfill. However, there is still scope to collect more glass, including smaller jars like those used for spices or condiments. With recycling, even small changes can make a big difference.”

Wokingham Borough Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Norman Jorgensensaid: “There are over 500 glass bring banks located throughout the re3 area, including at supermarkets, parks and recreation grounds, and close to schools, community centres and bus routes. With this campaign, local groups like youth and older people’s clubs, schools and nurseries or charities and neighbourhood associations could benefit from a cash prize that they can use for their work in the community. It’s easy to sign up and get involved; go to www.re3.org.uk for more details.”

Re3 area residents are already conscientious glass recyclers and our bottle bring banks are well used. The advantage to using bring banks to collect glass is that bottles and jars can be recycled into higher grade glass products when collected in different containers. However, re3 estimates that 2277 tonnes of glass and jars is still being thrown away annually in household bins and bags in the Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham area. To put that in perspective, a tonne is the weight of a small car.

Two thirds of this glass is clear, with jars as opposed to bottles making up 48% of the clear glass collected from individual households and 70% from communal bins. re3 bring banks accept all types of glass bottles and jars through bring banks, including those for alcoholic and soft drinks and food such as spreads, pickles and sauces. The metal tops and caps from bottles and jars are recycled at the same time as the glass, so after giving your bottle or jar a quick rinse out, replace the cap before depositing it at a re3 bring bank.

By recycling glass, it can be reused in a more environmentally friendly way, as well as contributing towards much-needed waste management savings.

re3 glass bring banks are located throughout Bracknell Forest, Reading and Wokingham. To find your nearest glass recycling point, go to https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling

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