Recycling team prove real winners

ADULTS with learning disabilities in Stowmarket have hit a recycling trail that knows no bounds.Users of the town's resource centre, in Crown Street, have been busy collecting cans, newspapers and magazines from local businesses.

ADULTS with learning disabilities in Stowmarket have hit a recycling trail that knows no bounds.

Users of the town's resource centre, in Crown Street, have been busy collecting cans, newspapers and magazines from local businesses.

The operation, which began in January, has been running so smoothly that the group is looking for more collection points.

Centre manager Becky Steer said: "The guys are working so well now that they are collecting the goods too quickly and they need more to collect.

"They really enjoy the work. It's about feeling independent and being valued in society."

The 15-strong group tours the area on a weekly basis to collect recyclable goods from a number of businesses.

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This is then taken back to the resource centre, with the aid of a mini-bus and trailer, before being sold for recycling.

Miss Steer said: "The amount of money we're receiving is increasing steadily but it's still small amounts.

"It's all about making the group self-funding. They are all from the Stowmarket area and they enjoy doing something for their local home."

The money was enough to cover the cost of replacing one of the trailer wheels, while some has also been invested in kitchen equipment.

The Suffolk County Council-run resource centre provides a day service for adults with learning disabilities and caters for those with physical disabilities and sensory needs.

In May, it was hit by a spree of destruction that left staff and users of the centre feeling persecuted and confused.

N Anyone interested in having their recyclable items collected can call the resource centre on 01449 626215.

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