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Banbury town hall will glow green on Monday (21 September) to boost waste recycling and sustainability.

Banbury town hall will glow green on Monday (21 September) to boost waste recycling and sustainability.

The green theme will support national Recycle Week organised by Banbury-based charity WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme).

Banbury Town Council will play its part in the campaign by installing green floodlights to illuminate its iconic building.

The clock tower and the front of the building will glow green from dusk until dawn.

Leader of the council Kieron Mallon said:

“This is an opportunity to take part in Recycle Week and highlight the dual importance of recycling and protecting of the planet.

“Banbury Town Council is already working on sustainability projects in its parks and cemeteries and is always careful to properly recycle its own waste.

“The council is very pleased to support WRAP on this occasion. Turning the town hall green should make people stop and think.”

WRAP works with governments, businesses and residents to use resources sustainably.

Recycle Week is a national awareness campaign that sets out the environmental benefits of re-using waste and encourages people to recycle more.

This year, Recycle Week takes place from the 21st to the 27th September with the theme ‘Thanking the Nation: Together We Recycle’.

Stephanie Campbell, WRAP’s project manager, said:

“For the past 17 years Recycle Week has increased in popularity and motivates the nation to recycle more things more often.

“The town council’s floodlighting initiative is very welcome and a green town hall will do a brilliant job of drawing attention to Recycle Week.”

She added:

“Last year Recycle Week reached more than 16 million people, with 91 per cent of those who saw the campaign saying they recycled more than in the previous year.

“Support from councils like Banbury Town will help Recycle Week 2020 make an even bigger impact.”

The town council has taken a number of steps to improve its green credentials. It is eliminating the use of plastic, reducing energy usage by installing movement sensors to operate lights, is more efficient with heating, and recycles all waste paper and cooking oil used in the kitchen.

Tree planting programmes in the council’s parks and cemeteries are part of the green project.

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