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Recycling Steve’s Blaze of Glory
Monday 20th June, 2005

Recycling Steve’s Blaze of Glory
Green team member Ruth Halpin thanks Station Officer Steve Pattyson, whose colleagues get their paper sacks ready to try to win next time.

Blue lights, red engines and green credentials — that’s Wigan’s fire fighters for you.

They are all proud to do their bit to support recycling down at the Saddle Junction fire station. And what’s more, Blue Watch’s station officer, Steve Pattyson, is as green at home as he is at work. So much so that he’s become the latest winner of ‘The Sack Race’, Wigan Council’s competition for paper recyclers.

Funded by the government’s waste and resource action programme, the competition awards shopping vouchers to a household taking part in the council’s kerbside collection scheme. The mayor draws each month’s winning address at random from a recycling sack.

Previous recycling champs have been in Aspull, Hindley Green and Beech Hill. And this month, Steve, of Blenheim Street, Tyldesley, found it was his turn. He said:

“At home, we always recycle our old papers and magazines,” said Steve, who is now £500 richer, “and I’ll be reminding friends and family to keep putting their sack out for their chance to win the cash.”

After initial surprise and disbelief that he’d won, fireman Steve invited green team member Ruth Halpin to the fire station for the presentation. She said:

“Well done to Steve — this is his reward for saving precious resources from the landfill. We want to see all residents giving us their old catalogues and magazines, in the sack every two weeks on bin day. It saves everyone’s money and everyone’s environment!”

The government-funded campaign has increased recycling rates in the borough and council bosses are continuing to develop strategies to reach out to those who are not yet using the kerbside collection services. The latest in a series of local exhibitions will be at Leigh B&Q on Wednesday 22nd in the afternoon.

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