Campaign will leaf no stone unturned

(left to right): Council warden Bryan Muir and DMC Service Centre staff Michael Monaghan, Sam Morris, Paul Bennet, Matthew Lawson with warden Steve Clark and Waldo the Wonderdog.

(left to right): Council warden Bryan Muir and DMC Service Centre staff Michael Monaghan, Sam Morris, Paul Bennet, Matthew Lawson with warden Steve Clark and Waldo the Wonderdog.

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MECHANICS swapped their tools for litter pickers to help launch an annual environment campaign.

North Tyneside Council’s annual initiative, which runs until December 7, aims to reduce the amount of litter and leaves on the borough’s streets.

As well as the council providing extra street sweeping patrols, leaf collections and composting initiatives, the campaign also encourages businesses, community groups, schools and the wider community to get involved.

Staff at DMC Service Centre, on Great Lime Road, West Moor, got this year’s campaign by helping the authority’s environmental services team and mascot ‘Waldo the Wonderdog’ at a clean-up event at George Stephenson Industrial Estate.

Owner Jim Robson said: “We enjoyed doing our bit for the environment, so much so that we now plan to hold clean-up events on a weekly basis.”

The campaign also includes a challenge for schools to collect as many bags of leaves as possible, with prizes on offer for the winner and two runners up.

Coun Ed Hodson, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Fallen autumn leaves can become extremely slippery and a potential problem for residents, particularly for older people, which is why the campaign is so important.

“It’s also a great way to bring together local communities to support the authority’s commitment to maintaining a clean and green borough.”