BARNSTAPLE woman Jeannette Kemlo has got a lot of bottle. In fact, after collecting milk bottle tops for nearly two years, she s got almost a quarter-of-a-million of them! Jeannette, from Sticklepath, has hoarded nearly half-a-tonne of the plastic red, gr

BARNSTAPLE woman Jeannette Kemlo has got a lot of bottle. In fact, after collecting milk bottle tops for nearly two years, she's got almost a quarter-of-a-million of them!Jeannette, from Sticklepath, has hoarded nearly half-a-tonne of the plastic red, green and blue tops that local firm South Molton Recycle is unable to take for recycling. Very soon, they will be heading for a specialist recycling plant to be melted down and turned into wheelie bins - raising money for Pathfields School and the Children's Hospice South West in the process.After her collection started with four bags of bottle tops from a local dairy in 2006, Jeannette's home has become a drop-off point for keen recyclers from local primary schools, church groups, Scouts, Brownies, sheltered housing schemes and organisations such as North Devon District Hospital.Her driveway has now been almost completely overtaken by between 150 and 200 black bin bags full of bottle tops."It's a real North Devon Community effort," Jeannette told the Gazette."I know they're only very small, but altogether this will be one less half-a-tonne of rubbish that goes into landfill."It's one way of saying to people that if we all do our own little bit, we can make a big difference."Jeannette, the chairman of governors at Pathfields School, said that there are were only a couple of specialist firms in the country that will take milk bottle tops."A firm in Derby will collect the tops when we have half-a-tonne-worth," she said."We're nearly there and expect that they will be collected some time in June."I'm not sure how much money they will make - it depends on the price of plastic at the time they are collected - but it will be split 50/50 between the children's hospice and Pathfields School," she added.If anyone would like to add their own collections of milk bottle tops and help Jeanette reach the magic half-tonne-mark, telephone (01271) 328508.