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Bottle bank celebrates birthday
Left to right, Ron England, Peter Grayhurst of British Glass and Stanley Race
About 752,000 tonnes of glass is recycled every year
The first bottle bank in the UK is 30 years old.

In 1977, Stanley Race made history by dropping an empty jar into the country's first glass bottle bank in Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

Mr Race, now 90, and Ron England, 64, who created the first of the UK's 50,000 bottle banks, helped to celebrate the scheme's birthday.

The pair returned to Barnsley on Wednesday and dropped a bottle into the bank as they did 30 years ago.

The anniversary coincides with a government-funded national week of action, called Recycle Now, which will encourage people to recycle.

Since the scheme began 23 billion jars and bottles have been recycled, with about 752,000 tonnes of glass being recycled each year.

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