Recycling initiative has a lot of bottle

The plastic bottle greenhouse that officials from Hirst Welfare Centre are hoping to create at the Ash House Residential Home.
The plastic bottle greenhouse that officials from Hirst Welfare Centre are hoping to create at the Ash House Residential Home.
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A NEW initiative is showing a lot of bottle as it encourages young people to think about their community spaces and recycling.

Hirst Welfare Centre, in Ashington, has launched a ‘plastic fantastic’ recycling initiative as part of its community space challenge.

Young people between the ages of eight and 17 are being encouraged to get more involved in their community outside spaces, learning about growing fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as allotments, recycling and conservation issues.

As part of the scheme, youngsters are hoping to create a greenhouse – made from 1,500 two-litre plastic bottles – to grow fruit and vegetables

Glynis Reynolds, community space challenge co-ordinator, said: “The greenhouse project provides a great platform for the young people to not only learn about recycling issues, but also a hands-on opportunity to build a working greenhouse from something that they would ordinarily throw away.”

The group is appealing for help in collecting the two-litre bottles, so they can construct a greenhouse at Ash House Residential Home in Sweethope Avenue, Ashington.

Steve Miller, manager of Ash House, said: “The project will introduce recycling issues to the young people at Ash House, and also provide them with a facility to start and learn about growing produce as well as developing their gardening skills and knowledge.”

Bottles must be washed out with labels and tops removed. Donations will be accepted at Ash House.

For more information on the project contact Glynis Reynolds on (01670) 857810.