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Shropshire Christmas cardboard recycling is to return

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A community cardboard recycling scheme set up following the axing of council-run kerbside collections will return in the new year.

The Cardboard Christmas Group was set up after hundreds of thousands of Shropshire householders were left having to drive to one of the county's five recycling centres or recycling banks to get rid of unwanted cardboard.?Environmental group Transition Town Shrewsbury ran the scheme last January.

Volunteers went out on the streets to collect unwanted cardboard which they sold to recycling business Oswestry Waste Paper.

The proceeds were split between the county's Hope House Hospice and Severn Hospice.

And now organisers have revealed the event is to return to Shrewsbury this new year.

Alison Thomas, from Transition Town Shrewsbury, said volunteers were hoping to triple the amount of cardboard collected last year.

She said: "We have been promised a bin lorry again from Caepost and we hope that the Red Barn will be up for Cardboard Christmas 2013 on January 5.

"We know that Ludlow Pride of Place will be running a Cardboard Christmas and we would love other communities in Shropshire to run one as well."

Ludlow Pride of Place and Transition Town Shrewsbury have launched a guide to help other communities organise their own cardboard collection schemes.

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Mrs Thomas said: "The cardboard guide gives people a step by step guide to organising a cardboard cafe and we are offering advice to any groups who want to get going in their community.

"We are aiming to at least triple the amount of cardboard collected last year."

To download a copy of the guide visit www .transition townshrewsbury.org.uk or www.ludlowprideofplace.org.uk

By Catherine Ferris

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