Residents proved they had plenty of bottle when they supported a borough recycling initiative.
Eight residents and one school have won their share of £620 worth of vouchers after supporting North Tyneside Council’s ‘Changing Our Thinking’ campaign.
The campaign, funded through the Department for Communities and Local Government’s weekly collection support scheme, provides rewards and incentives to encourage recycling, as well as providing advice and information to residents about how they can reduce food waste.
More than 160 residents have made a recycling pledge in return for the chance to win prizes.
One winner, Robert Mason, from Wallsend, received a weekly prize of £20.
He said: “The campaign is very important and it’s easy to keep the pledge.
“It feels great to win, I’m over the mood. I’m going to give the vouchers to my daughter to buy things for her holiday.”
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We need everyone to do their bit, so it’s extremely encouraging that so many have made a pledge to wash, squash and recycle.”
He added: “The campaign also has a big focus on reducing food waste; our roadshows provide loads of handy tips on making use of dinner leftovers – they’re proving very popular and I’d really encourage residents to come along and find out more.”