Pupils showing plenty of bottle for campaign

Wayne Young, area officer at North Tyneside Council; Evie, from St Joseph's Primary (middle); and Lesley Barnes, from Asda in Benton (far right), with the council's environmental mascots.

Wayne Young, area officer at North Tyneside Council; Evie, from St Joseph's Primary (middle); and Lesley Barnes, from Asda in Benton (far right), with the council's environmental mascots.

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Schoolchildren have shown plenty of bottle to find creative ways to recycle waste.

A number of primary schools joined North Tyneside Council’s campaign to wash, squash and recycle plastic bottles.

There were so many great designs and we had a tough job picking the winner

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure

But instead of squashing them, they found other uses, which were then judged in a competition run by the council and sponsored by Asda.

First place went to nine-year-old Evie, from St Joseph’s RC Primary School, North Shields, who turned her bottle into a bird feeder.

It is part of the council’s ‘Changing Our Thinking’ campaign which provides rewards and incentives to encourage residents to recycle.

It also offers advice and information about how to reduce the waste they produce.

Roadshows are currently touring the borough to offer advice including in Whitley Bay town centre from 11am to 3pm on May 22; and Wallsend town centre from 11am to 3pm on May 29.

Phil Scott, head of environment, housing and leisure, said: “Well done to all those who took part – there were so many great designs and we had a tough job picking the winner.

“It’s really important our next generation of householders understand why recycling is so important and it’s great to see these pupils are well on their way.”

During the events, residents are invited to take a pledge to wash, squash and recycle, and in return, entered into a prize draw.

For a full list of roadshows, or to find our more about Changing Our Thinking, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk