photo: Recycle Now/Wrap/Ptarmigan

He adds: 'Through the campaign, I am determined to give everyone the rational and emotional reasons to recycle more things and get them to change their behaviour in favour of the environment.' Without it, the UK, like many other countries, is just going to run out of space to dispose of its rubbish, ending up a gigantic garbage mountain.   Pinsent has just ended speculation as to whether he would go on to another Olympic challenge, and try to equal Steve Redgrave's phenomenal record of five golds in five Olympics. 'I'd like to have some involvement with the Olympics, but the chances are that it will be as an administrator rather than a coach, and not as a competitor.' But he will certainly go on saving resources though recycling.

  • Make recycling part of your family's weekly shopping trip.
  • Take your recyclable items to the recycling banks or to the local household waste recycling centre.
  • Remember to recycle your glass jars as well as bottles.
  • If you've got a garden, why not set up a home compost bin for your kitchen and garden waste such as fruit and vegetable peelings and garden clippings. It cuts down on what needs disposing of and helps the garden too.
  • Try to buy fruit and vegetables loose, not pre-packed,
    to save putting more stuff in your bin.

ast summer Matthew Pinsent powered his way to a hair's-breadth victory in the Olympic final of the coxless rowing pairs, providing one of the summer's most exciting sporting moments. It gave him his fourth rowing gold medal in four consecutive Olympic Games - to go alongside his ten World Championship golds.

The victory was especially sweet as it followed a troubled run-up to the Games: victories were hard to find, the crew changed, and then - just seven weeks before the Games - Alan Partridge, a key crew member and friend, had to withdraw after puncturing his lung. On the winners' rostrum in Athens, Pinsent was clearly overcome with joy, relief and not a little exhaustion.

He has another less well-known passion - recycling. 'I've always been a big believer in recycling and it's something that I do all the time without really thinking about it', he says. 'I use the local collection services when I'm at home in Henley, UK, which makes it really easy to recycle all my empty glass bottles and cans every week.' And he even recycles his worn-out rowing gear.

Now Pinsent is backing RecycleNow, a campaign run by the Waste Resources Action Programme, a not-for-profit organization supported by the UK Government. He says, 'We're encouraging more people to recycle more things more regularly.

'It's a real winner, reminding us how easy it is to recycle and showing what amazing things recycled rubbish is being made into. It really grabs my imagination and inspires me to do more.'


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