Council calls on residents to give it some bottle

Merton Council is calling on everyone in the borough to donate plastic bottles to an exciting and ambitious new project driven by local charity Deen City Farm.

The farm is looking to collect 7,000 two-litre green or clear plastic bottles for to construct a roof over its sustainable cob house.

Once enough bottles are collected, Deen City Farm will host a volunteers’ day in August when keen Merton residents will help transform them into roof tiles.

The council is keen for the whole community to be involved in the roof project and is encouraging its own employees to give their bottles to the cause by placing them in the large recycling bin at the civic centre, which will be available throughout August.

Residents wanting to donate bottles to the project can take them directly to Deen City Farm in Merton Abbey (Tuesday to Sunday), where there is a collection points.

Merton’s Cabinet Member for environment and leisure services, Councillor David Simpson said: ‘Merton is so lucky to be home to Deen City Farm. It is a wonderful place where the whole family can enjoy a great day out. This project shows ingenuity and with the environment high on everyone’s agenda, the council is keen to support it as a practical activity, which involves residents in recycling. Once the roof is complete it will serve as a wonderful example of what can be achieved from something people throw away everyday without a second thought.’