Going green has couple seeing Blu

Recycling rewards:  Councillor Alan Thompson from Northumberland County Council and Sue McClellan from Waste Aware North East presenting the recycling competition prizes to Keith Cooper from Seaton Delaval and Jim Fraser from Morpeth
Recycling rewards: Councillor Alan Thompson from Northumberland County Council and Sue McClellan from Waste Aware North East presenting the recycling competition prizes to Keith Cooper from Seaton Delaval and Jim Fraser from Morpeth

GOING greener has reaped rewards for a Morpeth couple.

The first two monthly Northumberland winners in the North East Recycling Rewards Scheme draw have received their prizes.

They include Morpeth residents Jim and Claire Fraser, who chose a Blu-Ray player and an iPod Touch from the list of items available.

The competition is being run by Waste Aware North East in conjunction with Northumberland County Council. It aims to reward environmentally-conscious people and raise awareness of the opportunity to recycle hard plastic bottles and aerosols.

Mr Fraser said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won these prizes.

“We like to do our bit on the recycling front, but never thought that it would lead to us winning something like this. My wife saw the competition on the website when she was checking for the Christmas collection dates and thought she would give it a try.”

This promotion is only taking place in five council areas in the North East and has been funded entirely by Defra and Valpak Limited, a national provider of environmental solutions. The prizes have been provided by thehut.com Winners can also give their items to a local community group of their choice.

Council Executive Member for Waste Management Alan Thompson said: “The people of Northumberland are very conscious of the role they can play in making our society more sustainable and self-sufficient.

“Our thanks go to the Coopers, the other winners so far, and the Frasers and the many others in our county who are setting the pace.”

The prize draw runs until July. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is apply for your unique sticker pack online at www.recycle-more.co.uk/nerewards or call 0844 8444546.

Personalised stickers are attached to empty hard plastic bottles or aerosol cans which then go in the recycling bin as normal. Winners are picked out from the bottles and cans collected at the council’s recycling facility in West Sleekburn.

You can also support the scheme on social media websites Facebook (North East Recycling Rewards) and Twitter (@NERewards).