Perth & Kinross Council Glass recycling campaign raises £2,600 for cancer charity

The Glass Recycling Campaign, Give Your Glass for Cornhill, has come to an end after raising £2,600 in 12 months for Cornhill Macmillan Centre - based at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Householders are thanked for their participation in the Campaign with 534 more tonnes of glass bottles and jars being recycled compared to the amount during the previous year.   The income generated from recycling these glass bottles and jars has been awarded to Cornhill Macmillan Centre. 

Residents thanked

Karen Thomson of the Centre said:  "Thank you to everyone who has saved their empty glass bottles and jars over the last year and dropped them off for recycling at one of the many Glass Recycling Points across Perth and Kinross. 

"It's amazing that together we have raised £2,600 for Cornhill - the money is being used at our purpose-built specialist palliative care unit, known as Cornhill Macmillan Centre, which is set in the grounds of Perth Royal Infirmary. 

"The Centre provides services for people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.  We greatly appreciate the support of Perth and Kinross householders as well as the many local businesses." 

Diverting glass from landfill

Convener of Perth & Kinross Council's Environment Committee Councillor Angus Forbes added: "This Campaign has been all about encouraging people to get into the habit of saving glass bottles and jars, which we know take a lot of resources to manufacture,  and divert them away from landfill.'' 

"The cost of landfill increases annually and when a glass bottle or jar ends up in landfill they are there forever. However, glass can be recycled over and over without its losing quality.

"If you deposit your empty glass bottle or jar in the recycling bank today, it will be recycled, filled and back on the shop shelf within 30 days.  Although this Campaign has come to an end, we continue encourage residents to keep recycling your glass bottles and jars."

Local glass recycling points

To find your nearest Glass Recycling Point, please visit www.pkc.gov.uk/glassrecycling Alternatively, e-mail recycle@pkc.gov.uk or telephone the Council's Customer Service Centre on 01738 476476.