Tubby the famous plastic bottle recycling dog passes away
A labrador from Torfaen famous for picking up and recycling plastic bottles has sadly passed away after suffering from cancer.
The dog, called Tubby, made it into the Guinness Book of Records in 2011 for being the dog who recycled the most plastic bottles; 26,000 in total.
Whilst out for his daily walk, Tubby would find a bottle, crush it in his mouth and take it to his owner Sandra Gilmore for it to be recycled. Mrs Gilmore, aged 59, believed that over his lifetime, Tubby the labrador collected and recycled over 50,000 bottles before sadly passing away from cancer.
Tubby’s story first appeared in the Argus in 2009 and from there it went viral. He made an appearance on The One Show on BBC One and was given a bone on ITV. Tubby was even presented with a civic award by the Torfaen Council.
His owner, Mrs Gilmore, said she was devastated to have lost Tubby who meant so much to her family and the local community. She explained how Tubby dug plastic bottles up from everywhere, under bushes and even going into water to fetch them out for recycling.
Mrs Gilmore said: “He was such a lovely dog and we miss him so, so much. Our memories with him will last a lifetime but whenever we do feel sad that he’s gone we start smiling again when glancing over at his certificate from the Guinness Book of Records.”
Cynon Edwards, Torfaen council’s waste and recycling manager also paid tribute to Tubby: “We are devastated to hear of the loss of Tubby. He was a remarkable dog and did a great job sniffing out rubbish to recycle, and helping to improve the environment for everyone in Torfaen.”
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