Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Declared a Recycling Winner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Durham Declared a Recycling Winner

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Byline: By Neil McKay

Durham has been declared a winner in a report released by Defra into the results of 53 pilot schemes designed to reward people for recycling.

The Household Incentive Pilot Scheme Report praised Durham County Council for encouraging pupils and families to pledge to recycle more waste.

The top recyclers were awarded equipment for schools such as laptops. The tonnage of recycled waste collected in the area increased by 13%. Coun Brian Myers, Durham County Council's Cabinet member for waste management, said: "All schools taking part can benefit from the points they earn.

"It's a great scheme to be involved in and we are delighted it has been singled out for recognition by Defra."

The report also said that Newcastle's Don't Bin It ( Win It! recycling prize draw resulted in one of the biggest increases in recycling in the UK, recycling tonnage going up by 18%. The Newcastle scheme works by giving everyone who uses their black recycling box the opportunity to win pounds 1,000 or lots of runners-up prizes including GNER tickets to anywhere in the UK, National Express travel tickets, Fjordline weekend cruises to Scandinavia, bikes from Denton Cycles, wind-up radios and free organic fruit and veg boxes. …

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