Visit is ‘better than Disneyland’

Joel Dunbar at O'Brien Waste Recycling with general manager Ian Turnbull.

Joel Dunbar at O'Brien Waste Recycling with general manager Ian Turnbull.

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A youngster obsessed with recycling has had a dream day thanks to a Wallsend firm.

O’Brien Waste Recycling opened its doors to four-year-old Joel Dunbar, from Wideopen, to help him learn about recycling and what happens to household waste.

Joel Dunbar at O'Brien Waste Recycling.

Joel Dunbar at O'Brien Waste Recycling.

Joel’s grandmother, Jackie Graham, arranged the visit thanks to a friend at TyneMet College, one of O’Brien’s partner companies.

After watching a video on recycling, Joel put on his hard hat, hi-viz jacket, boots and gloves to take a tour of the fleet of vehicles, before sitting in one of the cabs.

Joel said: “My best part of the day was sitting in the Front End Loader as it is my favourite vehicle, it was better than Disneyland.”

Ian Turnbull, general manager, said: “This is the easiest part of my job. It is very encouraging to see someone so young interested in waste and recycling, we hope he passes the recycling message onto his friends and family.”

Joel Dunbar at O'Brien Waste Recycling with general manager Ian Turnbull.

Joel Dunbar at O'Brien Waste Recycling with general manager Ian Turnbull.