Dozens vow to go green

ECO-friendly North Tynesiders have pledged their support for an environmental initiative.

More than 180 people so far have taken a vow to wash, squash and recycle their plastic bottles in return for the chance to win shopping vouchers worth £20 to £1,000.

Hundreds of people have been given advice on recycling by a North Tyneside Council-organised roadshow touring the borough to promote the campaign.

The roadshow was at Asda in Benton at the weekend, having previously visited Wallsend and Killingworth.

Further dates will be added soon.

The events featured free giveaways, many made from recycled plastic, as well as a recycling bin filled with an unknown number of squashed plastic bottles. Those making a pledge got to guess how many bottles are in the bin for the chance to win shopping vouchers.

The campaign, running until Tuesday, January 31, aims to increase plastic recycling rates in the borough.

It is being run by the council but is funded by the website recycle-more.

People can make recycling pledges online at www.northtyneside.gov.uk/squash or by phoning 0345 200 0106.