Crawley has a rubbish Christmas tree

In case you're wondering about the headline of this article...No, we're not having a go about the Christmas tree that's situated outside Crawley Library.

This Christmas tree really is rubbish! It's made from around 600 plastic bottles that have been reused in order to raise recycling awareness in the town.

It will be on display throughout December and is situated in Southgate Avenue if you want to pop down to see it.

The tree's lights will be switched on today (Thursday 1st December 2016) at 4.30pm by West Sussex Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, Councillor David Barling.

If you're feeling a bit peckish and want to get into the festive spirit, then free mince pies will also be on offer along with some helpful advice from the West Sussex Waste Prevention Team, who can give you some handy tips on recycling.

They must be doing a good job because, according to Councillor Barling:

“Our recycling levels are high thanks to our residents, but we could all do better”.

The tree was originally designed back in 2013 by artist Tracey Graham to draw attention to plastic recycling issues in Sussex. It's been resurrected this year thanks to the kids at West Wittering Primary School, who designed the star on top of the tree.

David Barling is also quoted as saying:

“I am delighted to be switching on the Christmas tree lights which will bring attention to the fantastic star design by West Wittering Primary School and to the need for increased recycling in West Sussex. This tree is a striking way to highlight how plastic can be recycled and reused again and again.”

On a more serious note he added:

“Our statistics show that an incredible 96 million plastic bottles weren’t recycled last year.”

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