COUNCIL bosses and waste contractor Veolia Environmental Services are encouraging people to boost the county’s recycling rate by recycling their old Argos catalogues when the new edition launches on July 30.

It is estimated there are more than 36 million Argos catalogues in circulation across the country, each weighing 2kg – a combined weight equivalent to more than 10,000 double decker buses.

In Shropshire, people can recycle unwanted Argos catalogues by leaving them in their kerbside collection box with their paper, by visiting one of the county’s household recycling centres, or by using one of the paper recycling banks located across the county.

Cllr John Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for waste, said: “People across Shropshire can play a big part in helping to increase the amount of waste that is recycled in the county, and reducing the amount sent to landfill.

“I hope when people pick up their new catalogue they will recycle the old one.”

All Argos catalogues collected in Shropshire will be sent to the UPM paper mill at Shotton, Deeside, where they are turned into newsprint and used to make newspapers.