Charity on target to collect one million drinks cans

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A CHARITY says people are responding well to calls for help in its effort to collect one million drinks cans and boost worthy causes.

The East Durham Trust in Peterlee, has organised the Million Can Challenge environmental project to clean up the community and encourage people to recycle waste.

But the scheme has the added bonus that it is also raising money for good causes as it is working with a recycling firm to put something back.

Volunteers have already signed up and groups have organised litter-picks and set up collection points at community centres.

The trust’s chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “We are delighted at how people are starting to respond, from the small donations of a few cans to major contributions from community groups which have held a Day of Action – we are starting to see a mountain of cans emerge.”

The trust, based at Community House in Yoden Way, was set up to promote regeneration, deal with the effects of social and economic decline, and provides support to community groups, manages its volunteer centre and a range of projects and contracts.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the challenge can call Angela Swinbourne on 07922 629 720 or email:

All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt.