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Paper recycling tradition at Darwen Cricket Club to end after 11 years
1:36pm Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
A PAPER recycling scheme which raised thousands of pounds for Darwen Cricket Club is coming to an end.
The club organised collection days in which club members took their waste paper to Birch Hall to be taken away for recycling.
It was weighed in and the council paid a certain amount per tonne of paper.
Since the scheme was started, club bosses say, more than £6,000 has been raised with 162,000 tonnes of paper recycled.
Organiser Gary Jackson, head of the cricket section at Darwen Cricket Club, said it was an important source of regular income for the club. He said: “It was a good £500 a year, which is a decent amount to a club like Darwen. It was also one of the few ways of raising money that didn’t involve people donating.
“It was a good earner for nothing and it is a shame it will come to an end. On behalf of Darwen Cricket club, I would like to thank everyone who has been associated with the scheme over the past 11 years, from the people who saved or collected paper to the people who loaded it.”
Mr Jackson said the waste was collected at the club’s ground in Leven Grove and stored in a hut.
It was then taken away by a contractor who would weigh it and send an invoice, which was then passed on to the council.
Sunnyhurst councillor Dave Smith, who is also Blackburn with Darwen Council lead member for environmental improvement and sustainability, said: “The council is facing unprecedented cuts and as a result has to make extremely difficult decisions.
“Since these payments were introduced to incentivise recycling, the council’s recycling service has vastly improved and it is now easier than ever before to recycle waste.”
The final Darwen CC paper collection will be on Saturday, March 16, from 8.30am to 9.30am.
To donate paper, take it down to the club on the day or call Gary Jackson on 07745 450176 to arrange a collection.