Lesley’s up with the green scene

PUBLISHED: 12:27 20 April 2006 | UPDATED: 10:01 06 May 2010

Lesley Rome

Lesley Rome

AN environmentally minded 97-year-old has been praised for her attitude to recycling. Lesley Rome came to North Herts District Council s attention after she wrote to them asking for black and blue boxes for bottles and newspapers. Jo Lines, the council s

AN environmentally minded 97-year-old has been praised for her attitude to recycling.

Lesley Rome came to North Herts District Council's attention after she wrote to them asking for black and blue boxes for bottles and newspapers.

Jo Lines, the council's recycling officer, said: "She is very environmentally minded and that's just the kind of attitude we want to encourage.

"You are never too young or too old to be green."

Mrs Rome, who was born and bred in Hitchin where she still lives, lobbied the council to start recycling bottles back in the 1980s.

She went to Germany and was so impressed by the bottle banks there that she wrote to NHDC asking why they couldn't have some too.

Her letter was taken on board and the first banks came along soon afterwards.

Mrs Rome said: "I think it's only sensible to recycle.

"Whenever I go out to lunch I save my serviette, fold it nicely and it's very useful.

"I save as much as I can and I put banana skins on the garden.

"We must all do our part and save as much as we can.

"I've got eight great grandchildren and I'm recycling to help save the world for them."

Mrs Rome, who sang with the North Herts Guild of Singers until she was 90, takes recycling so seriously that she keeps her plastic bottles to give to her daughter, who puts them in a bank near her home.

Soon she will be able to save herself the trouble, as North Herts will be getting plastic bottle recycling facilities in 2007.


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