Recycling to be promoted at borough fairs

The recycling team chat to residents at a roadshow last month.

The recycling team chat to residents at a roadshow last month.

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Roadshows will be visiting fairs around North Tyneside to encourage residents to recycle.

An interactive roadshow will be visiting areas this month as part of North Tyneside Council’s Changing Our Thinking campaign, which helps residents to reduce, reuse and recycle their waste.

The team will be manning a stand, providing handy tips on turning dinner leftovers into delicious dishes.

Residents will also be invited to pledge to wash, squash and recycle materials at home – with monthly prizes of £100 and a grand annual prize of £1,000 up for grabs.

Coun John Stirling, cabinet member for the environment, said: “Our roadshows have proved extremely popular with the public and are helping to increase our recycling rates.

“Although recycling is second nature to many of our residents, we need every household to do their bit and recycle all the waste they can to significantly reduce the amount we send to landfill.”

The roadshow will be at the summer fair at the White Swan Centre, Killingworth, on July 21, from 11am to 2pm; at the John Willie Sams Centre, Dudley, on July 28, from 11am to 2pm; and at Springfield Park, Forest Hall, July 29, from 11am to 2pm.

Coun Stirling added: “Not only does waste sent to landfill damage the environment but it’s also hugely expensive and this money could be much better spent elsewhere, on essential services.

“Rubbish also includes food waste and this is a big part of the campaign; I’d encourage residents to come along and see the team and find out what else can be done with food leftovers rather than them going straight in the bin.”

For more information, or to pledge online, visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk and search for ‘wash, squash and recycle’.