Call for recycling champions at The Sustainability Spring Fair

By on 07/03/2013 in Cllr McKay, News

Cllr James McKay, Birmingham City Council's cabinet member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, will call on Birmingham's recycling champions to come forward for Birmingham's second annual Recycling Awards when he speaks at the Sustainable Spring Fair at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Saturday 9 March.

Cllr James McKay will say: “I would like to urge all local people, businesses and schools who actively recycle, reuse and reduce waste to enter Birmingham's Recycling Awards.  These awards give us the opportunity to highlight and celebrate the fantastic work that's being carried out in our city, and which usually goes unnoticed.”

The Sustainable Spring Fair - which is free to people who book in advance online at – takes place during Climate Week and is organised by Birmingham City Council with support from Carillion and the Co-Operative Membership.  Hosted by Birmingham Botanical Gardens, it runs from 10am – 4pm and brings together green practitioners to promote sustainable lifestyles, products and ideas.

Visitors can drink a pedal powered smoothie, listen to a biodiesel generated concert, sign up to Birmingham's Green Deal at Carillion's Energy Road Show, get advice from sustainable transport practitioners and buy Fairtrade goods from around the world.  There's also a chance to sample tasty food at the Love Food Hate Waste stand and there are lots of play activities and games for kids. 

To find out more and book FREE advance tickets visit or call 0121 464 9166

To enter the Recycling Awards visit


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  1. Andy Mabbett says:

    It’s a tad hypocritical of Cllr McKay and Birmingham City Council to be talking about sustainability while at the same time advertising a balloon release on their own website:

    at an event for which they are listed as an official sponsor.

    Balloon releases are not sustainable; they are harmful to the environment, to wildlife and to domestic animals, as I outline in this article:

    Even biodegradable balloons can last – and do harm – for a year or more.

    Organisations who oppose balloon releases for this reason include the Marine Conservation Society, the RSPB, the RSPCA, the National Farmers’ Union, the West Midland Bird Club, Sandwell Valley Naturalists, the Tidy Britain Group, and many more.

    Why won’t BCC make clear to the organisers that a balloon release is not acceptable?