An interactive roadshow is touring the borough to help shoppers get hands on with rubbish and food waste.
Various venues are being visited over the coming months as part of North Tyneside Council’s new recycling and food waste campaign.
The campaign provides rewards and incentives to encourage residents to recycle, as well as providing advice and information about how they can reduce the waste they produce and make use of food leftovers.
Shoppers at The Forum shopping centre in Wallsend were the first to see the roadshow, being challenged to ‘slim their bins’ as well as given handy tips on turning dinner leftovers into dishes.
Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for housing and the environment, said: “As a council, we are working extremely hard to encourage residents to recycle and think about the things they throw away.
“We need everyone to understand that waste is not just a council problem and we all have a responsibility to ensure we do our upmost to reduce, reuse and recycle the rubbish we produce.
“I am pleased such fun and interactive roadshows have been developed specifically designed to engage, inform and help our residents to do so, and I know they’ll be very well received.”
Gordon Dixon, of Hadrian Park, made a pledge to wash, squash and recycle plastic bottles.
He said: “The event was a very good idea and it was really helpful to actually be able to see what can and can’t be recycled.”
For dates and locations of the roadshows visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0345 1000103.