A pledge to recycle more earns pair £500

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, presents Melanie Sanderson with her prize at a roadshow in Wallsend.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, presents Melanie Sanderson with her prize at a roadshow in Wallsend.

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A pledge to recycle more has helped two residents win a share of £1,000.

High street shopping vouchers worth £500 each have been handed over to two lucky winners as part of North Tyneside Council’s waste campaign, Changing Our Thinking.

More than 750 residents had a guess at the number of plastic bottles and cans in a 240-litre wheelie bin. In return, they were asked to take a pledge to recycle at home.

Two residents each won £500 after correctly guessing there were 145 plastic bottles and cans in the wheelie bin.

One of the winners, Melanie Sanderson, from North Shields, said: “I was shocked to hear I’d won but really pleased.

“I’m not sure what I’ll buy with the vouchers yet – I might spend part of it on some nice new clothes. The campaign is a good idea.”

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for environment, said: “The campaign has proved to be a brilliant way to engage with households, helping to increase recycling rates.”

“More and more residents are recycling, which is great news, and it’s brilliant that we’re able to reward so many of them with the shopping vouchers.

“I’d like to say congratulations to Melanie – and the other winners – and hope she enjoys treating herself to something lovely with her vouchers.

“While recycling is second nature to many of our residents, we need everyone to take responsibility for the things they throw away, which is why we’re running it again.

“I’d encourage residents to come along to a roadshow or make the pledge on our website.”

Information about the roadshow and details of the campaign are available at www.northtyneside.gov.uk