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A FREE event packed with sporting activities, arts and crafts and games with a recycling theme is to be held in Portsmouth.

The city council’s Big Recycle project is holding the day at Victoria Park.

The games are aimed at younger children, but adults are welcome to join in.

Activities include recycling-friendly competitions such as sack races using pillow cases, relay races with a recyclable baton, toss-the-trash and a recycling treasure hunt.

There will be a chance to meet the Big Recycle mascot, Super Panda, including a prize for the best ‘selfie’.

Cllr Rob New, cabinet member for environment, said: ‘We hope that lots of families come along to this event and take part in some of the funny recycling themed games and activities we’ve got planned.

‘The aim of the event is to help remind families in Portsmouth about the materials we recycle in Portsmouth, while having a bit of fun with it.

‘Hopefully people will go away from the event feeling a little bit more knowledgeable about what you can put in your green bin.

‘If they’re already a super recycler then hopefully they’ll just come along for a bit of fun.’

The Big Recycle offers residents who are recycling properly the chance to win £250 every month. There will be a team of recycling officers at the event signing people up to the scheme, and giving interactive master classes on how to recycle in Portsmouth.

Visitors are invited to bring a picnic to the event, from 11am to 3pm on Thursday.