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Greene King Tub2Pub campaign: Last chance to recycle tubs for Macmillan Cancer Support as Newbury and Thatcham sustainable living champions stack more than 400 tubs and counting

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Throughout January Greene King pubs have been taking in plastic tubs to recycle into cash for Macmillan Cancer Support and The Bear Hotel, Hungerford, and The Berkshire Arms, Midgham, are both participating in the scheme that runs until the end of the month.

Three ladies from Thatcham, Newbury and Kintbury – Jenny Kirby, Melinda Varju and Paula Smalley – have been accepting clean tubs to pass on to the participating pubs and have so far delivered more than 400 empty tubs.

This is the final week of the campaign and apart from dropping them off at Thatcham Refillable in Northfield Road Thatcham, you can also take them along to two markets, where Mrs Kirby will happily take them and pass them on for recycling.

Jenny Kirby with some of the tubs for recycling
Jenny Kirby with some of the tubs for recycling

You can take your tubs along to the SustainHuble Eco Market, which takes place this Thursday at Francis de Sales Parish Hall off Warren Road, Newbury between 11am-2pm or to Woolton Village Market, Woolton Hill, 10.30am-1pm, this Saturday.

Tubs can also be left at Melinda Varju’s existing TerraCycle collection point at 2 White Lodge Cottage, Bath Road, Speen and Kintbury residents can arrange to leave tubs with Paula Smalley direct.

Jenny Kirby with the tubs she delivered to The Berkshire Arms
Jenny Kirby with the tubs she delivered to The Berkshire Arms

Mrs Kirby said she took 148 to The Berkshire Arms last week: "Paula, Melinda and I are happy to be 'drop off points' and then we will take the tubs to the collection points.

"I have 131 sitting in our dining room at the moment."

She asks that people please make sure the tubs are clean, dry and empty before dropping them off.

It seems that so far Celebrations are the most popular festive treat for the people of Newbury and Thatcham with 128 tubs deposited, followed by Quality Street (117) and Heroes (115). Other tubs – biscuits and other sweets – make up the rest.

It is estimated that more than 100 million tubs of chocolates, sweets and biscuits are sold in the UK each year; with Christmas accounting for as much as 40 per cent of all sales.

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