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Olympic recycling legacy begins

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 10:05:02

The 2012 London Olympics may be over, but the legacy of the games is only just beginning, with news of the recycling efforts, which will help make it the greenest ever event of this kind, emerging this week.

One of the most significant recycling initiatives being enacted after the games involves the fabric panels which were mounted around the outside of the main Olympic Stadium throughout the duration, but which are now, of course, unnecessary.

The stadium was originally intended to feature a flexible design, which would mean that its 80,000 capacity could be reduced after the games' conclusion, bringing it down to just 25,000 seats, with this final figure being reliant on what it is actually used for afterwards.

The panels will be divided amongst two distinct charity projects; one in Uganda and one in Rio de Janeiro.

In Uganda, the panels will go towards providing shelter for children who were previously harnessed as soldiers, with a charity known as Article 25 taking care of at least 20 of the panels, so that they can be put to good use all over again. The rest of the panels will be sent to Rio, to be used in various welfare projects over the next few years.

In 2016 it will be Rio's turn to host the Olympics and so it is good to see the legacy of London being put towards helping this city improve the lives of its inhabitants.

While London's East End was revitalised and refreshed for the games, the kind of poverty seen in Rio is far more severe and so aid of this kind, which is also environmentally sustainable, is welcome.

Hopefully, Rio will be able to benefit far more than our own capital from the investments that will be made as a result of the games.




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