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The Green Light Of Christmas
Wednesday 7th December, 2005

The Green Light Of Christmas
It Pays To Recycle: Karen Sutcliffe presents Robert and Joyce Cox with their prize.

The festivities are back on for Robert and Joyce Cox of Abram thanks to the council’s monthly recycling competition.

"It’s a wonderful surprise," says winner Joyce. "We’d had to choose between Christmas and a holiday to help me get over being poorly."

The Parklands couple, who have just celebrated 38 years of marriage, decided on a relaxing break in Cala Bona, Mallorca, and so were expecting a quiet festive season.

But then recycling expert Karen Sutcliffe called with the news that they’d won the Sack Race recycling competition.

Every month for the last year, the Mayor has been selecting at random a household who has been putting out their paper sack. The Sack Race winners receive £500 in shopping vouchers from the government’s Waste and Resource Action Programme.

Also in their gift sack are recycling goodies and information. "This will be perfect for our grandson Craig," says Robert Cox. "He’s always been interested in green issues and is now studying the environment at university. We’re all big supporters of recycling!"

Avid local newspaper reader Robert told the council’s Karen Sutcliffe they often manage to fill two sacks and really welcome the ease of recycling from home. "It’s not before time!" he laughs.

The council wants to extend its recycling efforts, and the monthly prize competition has helped to encourage more residents to join in.

As Christmas approaches, the green team are reminding people to use can banks and bottle banks to dispose of their festive drinks. There are over 120 sites, many located alongside shops.

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