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Very hairy biker gives Pet Fest the paws up

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Harley poses for photos. Photo: John Beck

Local dog celebrity Harley the hairy biker stole the show at the Rainbow Festival of Gifts & Crafts for Pets on Sunday.

The St Bernard has appeared in national newspapers and been interviewed on local radio. But perhaps his biggest claim to fame was when he appeared on the BBC’s One Show with rock star Gene Simmons.

Harley first came into the limelight in July 2004 when his owners marriage was filmed for Anglia TV.

Harley with his owner , boith dressed as Santa.  Photo: John Beck

Harley with his owner Alan Valkeith, both dressed as Santa. Photo: John Beck

Motorbike enthusiasts Alan and Tina Valkeith from Peterborough, said: “He takes all this limelight in his stride. He is always getting his photo taken. People who see him riding in the side car with us can’t believe it.”

Posing for photos at the Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge he had no comment to make to us, but later gave a big ‘paws up’ for the Pet Fest, where dozens of visitors and their pets turned up to look around the stalls.

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Launch of electric car charge points

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New Rapid Charge electric car charge points have just been installed in West Norfolk; 3 in King’s Lynn and 1 in Hunstanton.

More info to follow …

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King’s Lynn Innovation Centre ‘Pop-up’ Launches

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

Artists impression of the new Kings Lynn Innovation Centre.

From Monday 9 November 2015, businesses in West Norfolk will be one step closer to benefitting from the services The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre (KLIC) will offer, as a Pop-up Enterprise Centre opens in the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk offices in King’s Lynn.

The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre will provide support for start-up companies and aspiring entrepreneurs in order to deliver economic growth in the area, and the temporary Pop-up Enterprise Centre aims to offer information about the services KLIC will provide until the building opens its doors in spring 2016.

Staff from Nwes, a leading enterprise agency, will be on hand at the Pop-up Enterprise Centre Monday to Friday during business hours to discuss what office space will be available to rent at KLIC, how you can book meeting rooms and conferencing facilities, and how local businesses can access business advice and support from Nwes.

John Balch, Strategic Director at Nwes said: “The King’s Lynn Innovation Centre, which will support the local community by delivering a comprehensive package of help to overcome the barriers to setting up in business, is nearing completion but until you can step into the building itself, Nwes and its partners invite you to visit the KLIC Pop-up Enterprise Centre.

“We want local residents and businesses to take this opportunity to meet Nwes staff, ask any questions you have and learn about how a serviced, state-of-the-art office could help you start or run your business more effectively.”

Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Cllr Nick Daubney added: “Supporting economic development in West Norfolk is a key priority for us and we are delighted to be able to help promote the new King’s Lynn Innovation Centre by hosting the Pop-up Enterprise Centre at our offices. I would urge business start-ups and entrepreneurs to come along and see what help, support and assistance will be on offer.”

The new centre will be owned and operated by Nwes and provide high-calibre one-to-one advice, mentoring, workshops, and access to financial support for local businesses. As a contemporary commercial workspace it will also act as a catalyst for further highly skilled employment opportunities on the Nar Ouse Regeneration Area site.

The £5m innovation centre has been made possible by £1.5m of funding from the Borough Council, £500,000 from Nwes and £2.5m of Growing Places Fund loan and £500,000 Growth Deal funding from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. KLIC has been designed by architects Feilden+Mawson and is the latest in a large portfolio of innovation centre concepts for the Norwich-based firm.

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Remembrance Sunday ceremonies

Poppy Crosses in Tower GardensMore wreaths than ever will be laid at the War Memorial in Tower Gardens, Kings Lynn this Sunday, 8 November, as local people gather to pay their respects to all those who have lost their lives in the two World Wars and since 1945 up to the present day.

This year’s event will be particularly poignant as 2015 marks the 70th anniversaries of VE Day and VJ Day, and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Once again a very large public attendance is expected.

The event will start with a parade from Saturday Market Place along St James’s Street to the Tower Gardens. The parade will be led by veterans from all three armed services and any veteran wishing to be included in this should arrive at Saturday Market Place by 10.15am.

The Mayor will lead a procession of civic representatives from the Town Hall to the War Memorial where he, along with representatives from various organisations, will lay a wreath. Over 50 wreaths will be laid this year, following which prayers will be led by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn.

The King’s Lynn Town Band will play solemn music in the Tower Gardens from 10.45am and the civic procession will leave from the Town Hall at 10.48 am, followed by the general procession, consisting of members of the Royal British Legion, a contingent from Royal Air Force Marham, and members of the Sea, Army, Air, and Police Cadet Forces.

The bugler will play The Last Post, signalling the beginning of the two-minute silence and the start of the ceremony at 11 am.

Following the ceremony, at approximately 11.45 am, the civic procession will parade to King’s Lynn Minster, where a service will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory.

Elsewhere in the borough, wreaths will be laid to mark the occasion. Deputy Mayor Cllr David Whitby will lay a wreath at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood. The Mayor will also lay a wreath in Downham Market on Sunday afternoon.

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King’s Lynn Freemasons: The Good Samaritans

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Left to right: Mrs Lynn Riches, Mr Ian Riches, Worshipful Master of The Philip Broadfoot Lodge, and Mrs Wendy Livesey, Chair of King’s Lynn Samaritans.

The Philip Broadfoot Lodge No. 6478 of King’s Lynn have adopted The King’s Lynn Samaritans and Meningitis Now as their “Charities of the Year”.

To support both charities was the decision of Ian’s Lady Wife, Lynn, and she said that her choice of the Samaritans was because she felt “the Charity was very good, quiet and unassuming. The support offered to people in emotional distress, especially young males, was very important and worthwhile.” Lynn expressed her gratitude to the strong support shown in the Lodge for her choice.

Ian Riches, Worshipful Master of the Philip Broadfoot Lodge is seen here, presenting Wendy Livesey, Chair of the King’s Lynn Samaritans, a cheque for £1000.00.

Accepting the donation Wendy said that everyone was delighted that the Branch had been chosen as one of the Freemasons Charities and that the donation would go towards funding the recruitment and training of two Volunteers.

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Poppy Wall returning to Vancouver Quarter

poppy wallA commemorative community mural remembering all those who have fought in conflicts since 1914 will be unveiled in the Vancouver Quarter at the weekend.

Shoppers, families and workers in the town are being encouraged to stick thousands of poppies onto the mural, which will be housed in the former Sue Ryder shop, opposite Poundland and next to Greggs, in Broad Street.

Members of the Royal British Legion’s King’s Lynn branch will voluntarily man the store between 9.30am and 4pm every day from Saturday 24 October to Saturday 7 November.

It is the second time the Vancouver Quarter has housed a commemorative wall. In July 2014 more than 3,000 poppies were placed on a mural designed by then College of West Anglia photography student Lewis Bond to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The event helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Royal British Legion, King’s Lynn, and the same mural will be used again will the hope of completely covering it in poppies.

Abbie Panks, Vancouver Quarter Centre Manager, said: “In 2014 we had a large number of people keen to show their support and pay their respects by sticking a poppy on the wall. We were really keen to run this mural again because it is important that the memory of those who fought and died for freedom continues to live on and is passed on from generation to generation.

“There will be thousands of poppies available to stick on the mural and it would be fantastic if we are able to completely cover the mural before November 7. I would urge anyone, particularly families, who are in King’s Lynn over those two weeks to have a look at the mural, make a donation to the Royal British Legion and stick a poppy.”

David Norman, chairman of the Royal British Legion’s King’s Lynn branch, has thanked to the Vancouver Quarter for the use of the unit during the two-week period. “It is important that we remember all those who fought in all conflicts since 1914,” he added. “The money raised will go a long way to help ex service personnel serving members and there beneficiaries.”

West Norfolk Mayor Colin Manning will place a poppy to officially re-open the mural at 11am on Saturday 24 October.

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College students celebrate academic achievements

college celebrates 600It was smiles all round at the weekend, as the College of West Anglia’s Higher Education students celebrated their academic achievements at the annual Graduation ceremony.

The ceremony, which took place at the Alive Corn Exchange on Saturday 10 October 2015, is the most prestigious event in the college’s calendar and this year celebrated the graduation of 138 CWA students, graduating from 18 programmes.

Proceedings began with the traditional academic procession through King’s Lynn Town Centre, leaving from the Town Hall at 12.05pm and arriving at the Corn Exchange by 12.30pm for the ceremony.

The students, known as graduands up until they graduate, received their certificates in Higher National Qualifications and Professional Qualifications.

Certificates were presented to the students by CWA Principal David Pomfret, and Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, who was also the keynote speaker. Proceedings were attended by proud family, friends, college governors and staff.

In addition, the college celebrated the University Centre West Anglia (UCWA) student of the year award, presented by Dr Apurba Kundu, ARU Deputy Dean. This year, the award went to Rachael Castleton, BA History and English Literature with First Class Honours.

At the end of ceremony, the academic procession of college staff, governors, guests – and now with the addition of the graduates – processed again through the streets of King’s Lynn, where members of the public clapped and congratulated the graduates on their success.

In addition to annual proceedings, this year saw the addition of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) pledge and declaration ceremony, which took place at the College of West Anglia King’s Lynn campus Tower Block, later that afternoon. The declaration ceremony is a result of the college receiving accreditation from the RCVS for its degrees in veterinary nursing and applied animal behaviour.

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Big C celebrates £281,000 of support

Chief executive Dr Chris Bushby and vice president Theresa Cossey MBE pictured with some of the Big C volunteers.

Chief executive Dr Chris Bushby and vice president Theresa Cossey MBE pictured with some of the Big C volunteers.

Nearly 250 volunteers for the Big C have clocked up almost 40,000 hours of unpaid work for Norfolk’s Cancer charity during the past year, equating to £281,000 of support.

Their unstinting work is across four main areas: retail through 10 stores and warehouses; support and information through the support centres at Norwich, Kings Lynn, Yarmouth and within the Louise Hamilton Centre at Gorleston; fund-raising and events to raise funds, street collections and assisting with administration and finance.

Their commitment was recognised and celebrated at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Day held at the King’s Centre, Norwich, where former trustee and now Vice-president Theresa Cossey MBE presented long service awards to some of the 22 volunteers who between them had clocked up just under 200 years.

The awards are given for every five years service so among the audience of staff and trustees were others who had also volunteered for many years, but who will receive certificates on other years.

The highest number, 20 years, was achieved by Yvonne Mace who has worked at all three Big C retail stores in Norwich. She first started volunteering at Castle Meadow just one day a week and began for no other reason than she wanted to help and enjoyed meeting people.

She has happy recollections of the move to the Timberhill store and of the “regulars” who frequented the store, many, she said, just for a chat, as they do now at the Magdalen Street premises where she is every Tuesday. Yvonne has her own cancer story. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, and is now in remission, so her volunteering feels more personal.

Marjorie Wilson was also recognised for her two decades of volunteering but unable to be present to collect her certificate.

During the afternoon Dr Chris Bushby, presenting at his first major event since he was appointed Chief Executive in July this year, thanked the volunteers for their commitment and invaluable contribution. “What you do is so important. Looking at the national picture it seems what we are doing is really making a difference to support individuals and families in our society. We will always need more volunteers as you are fundamental to the work of this organisation.”

He highlighted how Big C has invested into key areas of research through sponsoring
Medical students at the University of East Anglia, investment in hospital equipment for diagnosis and treatment.

“There is a great affection towards Big C through what it is doing throughout the County and Waveney Valley which is encouraging giving,“ said Dr Bushby.

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Grand Charity Auction in aid of King’s Lynn Samaritans

samaritans auctionLocal Auctioneer, Gwen Tester, well known for conducting and attending auctions in and around the local area will be bringing her gavel down to raise funds for King’s Lynn Samaritans. Gwen is organising a Grand Auction to be held on the 10th October 2015 at Walpole Highway Village Hall.

Gwen is donating the commission raised on each sale which along with any other profits will be used solely to help the King’s Lynn Samaritans continue their invaluable service to the whole community.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and a raffle will add to the entertainment. Gwen is a great supporter of the service that the King’s Lynn.

Samaritans provide for the local community, anyone who is suffering from distress, despair or suicidal thoughts can contact the Samaritans any time of the day and find a willing Samaritan to listen to their fears and thoughts, and receive support through all the dark, difficult times experienced.

The Samaritans get no financial help from Government, they rely entirely on the generosity of the public so this is a chance to go along have some fun and help a great cause.

And, if you have something that you would like to sell on the day bring it along between 9.00 am and 11.00 am and Gwen will turn that unwanted Monet in the attic into money, just call her on 01366 324369 or 07919 665730.

Entries from 9.00 am – sale items will be accepted until 11.00 am, viewing from 12.00 noon.

If you are interested in helping the King’s Lynn Samaritans as a listening volunteer, or as a friend to help raise funds or in any other way please call 07939 198260.

Samaritans are there for you around the clock on 08457 909090.

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Macmillan Coffee Morning at Lynn Museum

Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning - MugsLynn Museum are holding a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Wednesday 30th September between 10.30am-12.00 noon.

Visitors can enjoy delicious tea, coffee and cake and see if they can guess the object. During the event, museum admission is free. All donations will go to Macmillan Cancer Trust.

Lynn Museum tells the fascinating story of West Norfolk and is home to Sea Henge, the unique 4,000 year old timber circle. The award winning museum is housed in a former Victorian Baptist Chapel in the heart of King’s Lynn. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am – 17.00pm.

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/visit_us/Lynn_Museum

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North Lynn Newsletter

North End Newsletter

The latest North End and North Lynn Community Newsletter is now available to view. It’s packed with useful information, features, and upcoming events, and will be of interest to everyone interested in Kings Lynn!

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Cold call scam warning

Scam Alert

Members of the public are being warned about a potential cold call scam from someone claiming to be from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

The bogus calls are focussed on ‘investigating an accident’ and the caller is attempting to obtain personal details which they would then use to commit fraud offences. These calls are not from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the advice is not to provide any personal details over the phone.

Lorraine Gore, Chief Financial Officer at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “The rise in the number of scam callers is worrying and they are becoming ever more creative in their attempts to get personal information from their victims. This particular scam has evolved to show our number on the caller ID and in some cases it would appear that the perpetrators have also acquired medical details which they use to try to make the call seem authentic.”

“Our number usually appears as withheld, so if it appears on the caller ID or via 1471 missed call facility, please be very wary.

“We would like to reassure people that we would not call to ask for personal details and that if anyone wants to check if a call from the council is bonafide, they should ask the caller for their name and department and then contact the Customer Information Centre on 01553 616200 and ask to speak with them, as this will confirm their identity.”

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk are asking the public to be vigilant against this scam and to report any suspicious calls using the action fraud, report and support online form. Alternatively, people can contact the helpline on 0300 123 2040.

If anyone has been a victim of any scams or identity theft, it can lead to fraud that can have a direct impact on personal finances. Check bills or invoices and letters to identify any suspicious activity. For more information visit the Action Fraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk or the Norfolk Police website: www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/reportacrime/reportafraud.aspx.

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70th anniversary of VJ Day service

A service commemorating the 70th Anniversary of VJ Day is being held in Tower Gardens on Saturday, 15 August 2015, starting at 11am.

Organised by the Royal Air Forces Association, the service will be led by Canon Paul Wright MA RAuxAF, Sub-Dean HM Chapels Royal, and will be attended by WWII veterans along with the Deputy Lieutenant, Dr Paul Richards, the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Colin Manning, the High Sheriff of Norfolk, Nick Pratt and the Vice Chairman of the County Council, David Collis and Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Cllr Nick Daubney.

Members of the public are welcome to attend to remember those who fought to assure our freedom and those that laid down their lives for their country.

Wing Commander Stapley OBE DFC, President of the King’s Lynn Branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, said: “We are delighted to join the Mayor of the Borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in inviting our WWII veterans, especially former members of the Burma Star Association and the Far East Prisoners of War and of course members of the public to this very special service. It was 12 years ago when the Burma Star Association laid up their Standard owing to the falling membership. It was at that time that they accepted our offer to organise the annual service. We have been pleased to arrange the service ever since and feel honoured in being asked to do so. We hope that many of our veterans will join us and wear their medals with pride.”

The service, which starts at 11am, will be conducted around the Burma Star Memorial in the Tower Gardens. Chairs will be made available for the verterans and every effort made to provide the best possible view for everyone. Some parking bays have been cordoned off in St James Street for the benefit of blue badge holders attending the event.

Following the service, there will be a 1940s-style tea party for veterans and their guests at the Conservative Club in King’s Lynn.

The Mayor, Cllr Colin Manning, said: “We have been trying to get in touch with World War II veterans in West Norfolk and have been delighted by the response that we have had. We are expecting around 30 for our special commemorative tea party and we are looking forward to meeting them and hearing their stories. We owe a great deal to those who fought for their country during the war, and the 70th anniversary of VJ Day provides us with an opportunity to say thank you.”

The service in the Tower Gardens is open to all. The tea party is strictly by invitation only.

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Featured Charity ~ Hospital Radio Lynn

Richard Tree presenting the Tuesday evening Folk programme Folkus

Richard Tree presenting the Tuesday evening Folk programme Folkus

Hospital Radio Lynn is a registered charity which broadcasts solely to the patients of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn 7 days a week. They receive no funding from government and are staffed entirely by volunteers. Not one of them receives personal expenses or any form of payment. They are proud to say that every £1 that is donated to their Charity goes directly towards its’ running costs.

Hospital Radio is proven to promote recovery in patients. It relieves boredom during a stay in hospital and hearing a favourite piece of music can help with emotional wellbeing. Additionally they visit the wards to collect requests for their most important daily broadcast; the 2 hour Request and Dedication show each evening. Chatting to patients, some of which have not had any visitors for days or at all, is a welcoming distraction for them.

2014 Hunstanton Kite Festival, for which they provide PA services.

2014 Hunstanton Kite Festival, for which they provide PA services each year.

They also provide PA services in the community; not just to raise funds but also to provide smaller events (such as school or village fetes) with an affordable service.

The organisation is continually seeking volunteers of all ages to help out with a wide range of activities including Ward Visiting, Broadcasting, Fundraising and helping out with general preparations for broadcast.

For full details visit their website: www.hospitalradiolynn.org.uk
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/HOSPITALRADIOLYNN
Twitter: @HospRadioLynn

If you would like us to play a request to a patient in hospital please email Requests@hospitalradiolynn.org.uk

To find out more about joining Hospital Radio Lynn please contact Wayne Fysh, Personnel Manager on personnel@hospitalradiolynn.org.uk

For further details about ways to help with Fundraising or to talk about their PA services please contact Anna Greyson, Fundraising Manager on Fundraising@hospitalradiolynn.org.uk

Full List of Featured Charities

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Warning on cold call scam

Scam AlertMembers of the public are being warned about a potential cold call scam from someone claiming to be from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

The bogus calls are focussed on ‘investigating an accident’ and the caller is attempting to obtain personal details which they would then use them to commit fraud offences. These calls are not from the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and the advice is not to provide any personal details over the phone.

Lorraine Gore, Chief Financial Officer at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “The rise in the number of scam callers is worrying and they are becoming ever more creative in their attempts to get personal information from their victims.

“We would like to reassure people that we would not call to ask for personal details and that if anyone wants to check if a call from the council is bonafide, they should ask the caller for their name and department and then contact the Customer Information Centre on 01553 616200 and ask to speak with them, as this will confirm their identity.”

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk are asking the public to be vigilant against this scam and to report any suspicious calls using the action fraud, report and support online form. Alternatively, people can contact the helpline on 0300 123 2040.

If anyone has been a victim of any scams or identity theft, it can lead to fraud that can have a direct impact on personal finances. Check bills or invoices and letters to identify any suspicious activity. For more information visit the Action Fraud website: www.actionfraud.police.uk or the Norfolk Police website: www.norfolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/reportacrime/reportafraud.aspx.

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Council wins £270k for recycling project

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerARTThe Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is celebrating National Recycling Week with the announcement that it has secured over £270k from central government to roll out an innovative two-year project to improve recycling rates across the region.

The Recycling Rewards project will see the council involve local residents in developing a recycling campaign that puts community participation at the heart of the process, and rewards participants with time credits that can be redeemed against a range of leisure activities.

Councillor Brian Long, cabinet member for Environment, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this funding from government to deliver on our promise to work with local residents to promote a quality and enhanced environment. Right from the start we want this to be a grassroots campaign that is led by local residents. We want to give people the opportunity to have their say, and to bring this campaign to life.

“We’ve done a lot of great work already on recycling, and I want to thank residents and council staff for their efforts in improving recycling rates, but we need to raise our game again, which is why we’re calling on the public to participate in devising the campaign,” added Cllr Long.

The campaign will also offer residents the opportunity to take up a personalised online advice programme to develop a better lifestyle – ranging from recycling right through to healthier living – by gently encouraging people to do something different everyday.

Residents that participate in the campaign will have the opportunity to earn time credits that can be exchanged for free recreational activities in the borough such as swimming, ten-pin bowling, bread-making classes, or trips to the theatre. They may also learn some new skills along the way.

Anybody interested in getting involved in the campaign can register by visiting west-norfolk.gov.uk/forms/recyclingrewards/.

  • HM Government’s target for recycling rates is 50% by 2020. Currently, the recycling rate across the borough is 43.9%.
  • One of main objectives of the campaign will be raising awareness about how to recycle waste properly by reducing the amount of ‘contaminated waste’ found in recycling (such as putting recycled waste in plastic shopping bags or plastic sacks). Because the technology at the Costessey Materials Recycling Facility only recognises individual items, recyclable waste in plastic bags, or stacked inside each other, is sent straight to landfill instead. Putting recyclable waste items loose into the green recycling bin would significantly increase the recycling rate.
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