Papers to ponies

March Rotary Club newspaper collection in the City Road car park on Saturday. From left: Ross Davies (Rotary President), Mark Haydon, Ray Brownlow, Godfrey Smith, Bruce Wood, John Lattimore and Paul Garner.
March Rotary Club newspaper collection in the City Road car park on Saturday. From left: Ross Davies (Rotary President), Mark Haydon, Ray Brownlow, Godfrey Smith, Bruce Wood, John Lattimore and Paul Garner.
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March residents did their bit for the environment on Saturday by donating to the monthly newspaper collection carried out by the town’s Rotary Club.

Every month, come rain or shine, members of the March Rotary can be found in City Road car park, collecting used newspapers in a recycling effort that has been going on for almost 40 years.

The newspapers then get sent away, pulped down and turned into green equine bedding, with money given to the club for every tonne of paper donated. They usually make, on average, £1,000 per year from this effort.

Rotary member Robert Freeman explained the money then gets ploughed back into two good causes in the town.

The majority goes to an annual trip for 30 March schoolchildren. This year they are going to Pigeon’s Farm in Thorney. Any that is left over goes to the blind bowls club which is funded by the March Rotary.