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Star light shines bright in Crawley

Posted on 12 December 2014

Three pupils from West Wittering School, near Chichester, saw their star rise on Wednesday.

Benjamin Green (9), Sonny Collins (10) and Lawrence Campbell (9) designed the star chosen to take pride of place at the top of an eco-Christmas tree in Crawley.

The tree, which can be found outside Crawley Library, is made from 600 plastic bottles – and pupils from primary schools across West Sussex were invited to design the star as part of a competition organised by Wastebuster.

The winning star was officially placed on the tree and lit during a special evening ceremony on Wednesday 10 December, which was attended by two of the pupils – Benjamin and Sonny – and Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, as well as a number of other local councillors.

Benjamin and Sonny said: “We are really proud of our star. We turned the bottles around so that the points of the bottle made a really good star shape.”

Lionel added: “The star is the perfect finishing touch to our tree. The judges at Wastebuster told me the standard of competition was extremely high so I’d like to congratulate our winners and all those who took part. The tree looks absolutely fantastic – especially with the star. If you are in Crawley over the festive period, why not pop along and have a look.

“It’s also important to remember why the tree has been built – we want you to help ensure other plastic bottles aren’t just thrown away, but instead recycled. Everyone needs to recycle at least one extra plastic bottle for every collection, just pop in in the recycling bin and we’ll do the rest! They can be turned into lots of different things – including toys and clothes. And remember - all plastic bottles can be recycled – whether they’ve held drinks, shampoo or cleaning products.”

The eco-Christmas tree has been designed by artist Tracey Graham in support of Pledge 4 Plastics, a national campaign which aims to encourage households to recycle one additional plastic bottle each week. The campaign is being backed by West Sussex County Council in partnership with all seven district and borough councils in the county and Wastebuster.

Katy Newnham, Wastebuster founder and Director, said: “Christmas is a wonderful but also a terribly wasteful time of year. We really hope people will listen to the children's tree wish - for everybody to recycle more plastic this year.”

To make your pledge, please visit www.pledge4plastics.co.uk/westsussex