Headlines: October 12th, 2005

The London Borough of Islington has launched a 200,000 pounds state-of-the-art recycling education centre – i-recycle, to help visitors discover how to make a real difference in reducing rubbish by recycling at home. The purpose-built centre is made entirely of recycled or sustainable material, so chairs and table-tops are made from recycled industrial chopping boards, puzzle games are made of plastic bottles and timber products are Forestry Stewardship Council certified. It’s the first of its kind in the country.The council has developed the centre with experts from the Science Museum. It features touch-screen displays, games and videos to teach local youngsters and adults about recycling and waste issues. To mark the opening of the centre a competition for local school children was launched, asking them to write in to say why they think recycling is important, and how they can help to reduce waste at home and in school.

Sustainability is one of Islington’s four corporate priorities. The borough faces tough recycling targets, but has seen dramatic increases in levels of recycling – almost doubling in the last 12 months. Cllr Bridget Fox, Islington’s executive member for sustainability, said “In Islington we now recycle over 15% of our household rubbish – above the London average – but we are aiming much higher than that. Recycling more saves resources today and protects our environment for the future. The i-recycle centre is a brilliant place to inspire people of all ages to get recycling.”