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Milestone for muckspreaders
Tuesday 19th July, 2005

Eco-friendly residents in Wigan have helped Wigan Council reach a major milestone this month - the collection of the 1,000th tonne of garden waste for use as compost on a local farm.

The council's trial green waste collection covers a third of all households borough-wide - that's a potential 40,000 properties - with new green bin wagons collecting grass, leaves and small branches from green-fingered residents. Council recycling specialist, Dr Gail Schofield says: "A big thank you to everyone in the borough who is recycling their garden waste. Its amazing to think that what you have collected in your lawnmower or trimmed from the hedge is now helping to grow the crops that may one day become the loaf of bread in your very own kitchen!

"Were looking forward to seeing how the trial progresses over the next year - who knows, we may soon be 'toasting' its success using toast made from bread originating on a Wigan farm!"

The 'green team' is delighted with the response to the new service, but wants to remind everyone that the green bins are strictly for garden waste and brown cardboard. Gail adds:

"Be careful not to include items such as wrappers, bottles or plastics. The green waste is composted and used to help crops grow, so please keep it free from contamination."

Wigan Council began a trial green bin service this spring following the successful introduction of kerbside paper recycling last year. The material collected is not of a quality where it can be sold to residents, but some farms can use it as a low-grade soil enhancer.

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