Centre bags a bench

A park bench made entirely from recycled carrier bags was unveiled in Huntingdon on Friday. It has been made from the bags for life returned by customers of Waitrose in the town, and has been placed outside the Saxongate Community Learning Centre. Ever

A park bench made entirely from recycled carrier bags was unveiled in Huntingdon on Friday.

It has been made from the "bags for life" returned by customers of Waitrose in the town, and has been placed outside the Saxongate Community Learning Centre.

"Everyone wins with this new bench," said Amelia Hodson, manager of Saxongate. "We have a new eco-friendly bench to be proud of and there are fewer plastic bags being put into landfill dumps."

Waitrose customers traded in the carrier bags for new ones. The supermarket has a policy of turning the bags into plaswood furniture that is then given to community groups.

Ashley Broad, manager of the Huntingdon Waitrose store, said: "When we learned that the Papworth Trust needed a park bench to put outside Saxongate, we were keen to help. And, of course, as well as supporting our local community, this dovetails very well with our commitment to combat waste."

The bench has been placed in the communal gardens at the back of Saxongate.

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