Hundreds sign up to scheme

Hundreds of people have pledged to recycle more as part of a campaign.

More than 1,000 people have shown support to North Tyneside Council’s ‘Changing Our Thinking’ campaign which aims to increase recycling and decrease food waste.

Those who sign up are entered into a weekly and monthly prize draw.

Coun John Harrison, cabinet member for the environment, said: “I am delighted that so many residents have taken such a keen interest in this campaign.

“It is proving to be a fantastic way to engage with households, helping to increase recycling rates and divert recyclable materials away from landfill.”

One school to sign up is Spring Gardens Primary School, in North Shields, where the children won £300 worth of vouchers after keeping to their pledge to wash, squash and recycle.

They intend to spend it on a trip to a recycling centre in North Tyneside.

In the last year, the school has quadrupled the amount of recycling bins they have and also work hard to reduce its carbon footprint.

The school has children who volunteer to encourage recycling, take part in composting schemes, close doors to stop heat escaping and turn off lights when they’re not needed.

The campaign is being funded through the Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Weekly Collection Support Scheme, and it is being delivered by North Tyneside Council in partnership with Groundwork North East, an environmental regeneration charity.

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