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Make Recycling your Goal during the World Cup
Friday 11th June, 2010

As the world goes football crazy, Wigan Council and teammate WRAP (Waste Resources Action Programme) have a golden goal of their own: putting the borough at the top of the recycling league.

With tens of thousands of homes stocking up on refreshments and food ready to cheer on their team during the tournament, it’s likely that millions of cans, plastic and glass bottles will be thrown away.

Sporting fans across the borough are being encouraged to maximise their recycling, either using their brown bin service, visiting their local Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) or the network of local “bring” sites at pubs and supermarkets across the borough.

Cllr David Molyneux, the cabinet champion for the environment (and football fan) says: “Many would argue that the World Cup is the biggest sporting event of all - it’s great that so many people get involved and are passionate. Big events like this are also an opportunity to spread messages of recycling and how we can help to make this country the best that it can be in all ways.”

In line with the current ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ promotions going on throughout Greater Manchester, residents are also being encouraged to consider portion sizes during their World Cup parties, and think of ways to use up any leftovers, for example using sausages, chicken and any other leftover meats in a pasta dish or vegetables in soups.

Unlike the English national football team, who are expected to do well in the World Cup this year, the UK remains behind other nations in terms of its recycling figures. Currently, the champion recycler is Switzerland, while Austria and Germany follow closely behind. Although the UK’s recycling levels are improving (they have more than trebled since 1997 when only 7% of waste was recycled), it is important that this progress is maintained and Recycle for Greater Manchester are asking Wigan residents to do their bit.

Cllr Molyneux adds: “I like to be as passionate about recycling as I am about football and hope that others feel the same. The World Cup is an important part of the football calendar but recycling should be a priority throughout the year.”

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