Trio clean up after vowing to green up

Two of the competition winners Karen Durkin (left) and Carol Wall with Coun Ed Hodson.
Two of the competition winners Karen Durkin (left) and Carol Wall with Coun Ed Hodson.

HAVING a lot of bottle has won three recycling enthusiasts a share of a £1,000 prize.

Carol Corn, of Wallsend, Carol Wall, of Highfields in Killingworth, and Karen Durkin, of Cullercoats, were among more than 1,300 to sign up to a campaign by North Tyneside Council encouraging residents to recycle plastic bottles.

Those signing up were given the chance to guess how many squashed plastic bottles were in a recycling bin, and the two Carols and Karen all got it right by suggesting 378, earning themselves £333 worth of shopping vouchers each.

More than 50 daily spot prizes of £20 shopping vouchers were also given to people chosen at random for fulfilling the pledge.

The campaign, launched in November, aims to increase plastic recycling rates in the borough.

Carol Wall, 42, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I heard I’d won. I never win anything. I was overjoyed.

“I think my two sons have the money spent already, so no doubt we’ll be off to the shops buying football boots.

“I’m always recycling, and I think it’s really important that more people get involved with it.

“It’s so important that we look after our environment because if we don’t, who will?”

Ed Hodson, the council’s cabinet member for transport and the green environment, said: “The initiative had a great response, and we’re pleased so many people pledged to recycle their plastic bottles.

“We would urge everyone to continue and recycle, helping make a positive impact on the environment and benefiting future generations.

“I’m also delighted for the winners and I’m sure they’ll enjoy spending their vouchers.”

Also as part of the campaign, 34 schools were given ‘bottle crushers’ to allow them to recycle plastic bottles.