Rewards are plastic fantastic for couples

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TWO couples have been given prizes including an iPod Touch and laptop computer for recycling.

The first two sets of winners for Northumberland in prize draws held as part of a region-wide recycling incentive scheme have been named.

They are Helen and Keith Cooper, of Seaton Delaval, and Jim and Claire Fraser, of Morpeth.

The Coopers chose a laptop computer from the list of prizes on offer, and the Frasers opted for a Blu-ray player and an iPod Touch.

Jim 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 Christmas collection dates and thought she would give it a try.”

The scheme, run by Waste Aware North East in and Northumberland County Council, aims to reward environment-conscious residents and raise awareness of the need to recycle hard plastic bottles and aerosols.

The scheme, taking place in five council areas in the north east of England, is being funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Valpak, a national provider of environmental solutions.

The prizes are being put up by

Alan Thompson, the county council executive member responsible for waste management, said: “The 3m-plus hits on the website is testimony to the growing interest there is in recycling in general.

“The people of Northumberland are very conscious of the role they can play in making our society more sustainable and self-sufficient.”

Entries are still being taken for the monthly prize draws, due to run until July.

Go to for details.

Once you receive your personalised stickers, you apply them to empty hard plastic bottles or aerosol cans before placing them in your recycling bin as normal.