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Race for recycling prize hots up

[Tuesday 07 March 2006]

The race to win £1000 by recycling more is hotting up.

Residents in the 38 Hambleton parishes taking part have only a matter of weeks left to boost the volume of recycling they do.

Each has been asked to 'up' the amount sent for re-use through the mini recycling centres operated in their community by Hambleton District Council.

Currently leading the field is Alanbrooke Barracks in Topcliffe with Chop Gate, Great Broughton, Thornton Watlass and Kirby Wiske hot on their heels.

Morton on Swale, Busby Stoop, Carlton Husthwaite, Tholthorpe, Knayton and Exelby are all pushing hard to claim the top spot.

The amount of glass, cans and paper collected in the six months to March 31 this year will be counted for each recycling site - the village which increases its rates the most will take the £1000 prize.

Each community has been asked to nominate a worthy local cause for the cash - they include schools, village halls, scout and guiding groups, playing fields and churches.

The cash prize is part of a household incentives scheme being funded by DEFRA - they want to boost recycling rates and see how well incentives motivate North Yorkshire residents.

The final placings will be announced next month.

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