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Plastic bottle tree lights up Bognor Regis

Posted on 6 December 2017

A Christmas tree made from 600 reused green plastic bottles will be lit-up throughout December in Bognor Regis town centre.

Panto performers from Aladdin, at The Regis Centre, will officially switch on the lights of the tree on Thursday 7 December.

The tree sculpture was created by Tracey Graham, known as the ‘Rubbish Artist’, to help highlight plastic recycling in West Sussex.

According to West Sussex County Council, an estimated 166 million plastic bottles were recycled in the county during the last year, out of a possible 262 million.

The council’s waste prevention team will be at the switch on to talk about the tree and give tips on what to recycle at Christmas, and give out mince pies.

The pantomime characters will be outside the Centre from 4pm, with the official ‘switch on’ at 4.30pm.

Cabinet Member Deborah Urquhart said: “The tree is such a delight to see; it’s a really impressive sight especially when it’s dark and lit up. 

“But it does make you think just how many bottles aren’t getting the chance to be recycled into something new. In West Sussex, residents are recycling 59% of their plastic bottles which is great, but 41% still end up in the bin.”

“As long as they are clean, dry and loose, all your plastic bottles, pots, tubs and trays can be recycled.”

 The tree will be bringing festive cheer to Bognor Regis until January.

For further information and advice on recycling visit www.thinkbeforeyouthrow.co.uk or follow the West Sussex Waste team on Facebook (West Sussex Waste) or on Twitter (@WestSussexWaste).