Youngster drives off with competition success

A creative youngster has seen her artwork displayed on the side of an 18-tonne lorry after winning a competition.

Monday, 7th June 2021, 7:00 am
From left to right: Anna McAlindon; John Robinson, Operations Manager at GAP; Amy Brown, class teacher; and Nigel Tomlinson, Commercial Manager at Valpak.

Eight-year-old Anna McAlindon from St Mary’s Primary School, Forest Hall, created the poster to support a campaign by North Tyneside Council and their household WEEE contractors Valpak and GAP to encourage people to recycle batteries responsibly.

Batteries are a potential fire hazard if disposed of incorrectly and the council no longer accepts them in their recycling or household waste collections. Proper battery disposal points can be found in many supermarkets and at the Household Waste Recycling Centre in North Shields.

Anna’s design topped hundreds of entries from across the borough and is now emblazoned on the side of the GAP logistics lorry.

It features a battery character with arms and a smiling face standing on top of the world, and a slogan ‘make a positive change, recycle batteries properly’.

Anna said: “It’s really important that people make sure they put their batteries in the right place. I practice my drawing a lot at home. My dad said he was really impressed.”

Coun Sandra Graham, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Congratulations to Anna on a really striking piece of art with a really important message behind it.

"She should feel very proud to see her design reproduced on such a large canvas.

"It will draw attention to some of the hidden dangers and give a further boost to our campaigns.”

Nigel Tomlinson, commercial manager at Valpak, said: “Valpak is proud to support the poster competition to promote the benefits of recycling used batteries. Anna’s poster is excellent and will help to raise awareness in the region.”