A number of North East councils have announced a new scheme which could see top recyclers winning a cash reward.

Northumberland and South Tyneside Council are among five councils to take part in the scheme, which will see residents in with a chance of winning their share of a £10,000 prize fund. The measures, which are part of the North East Recycling Awards, are hoping the amount of recycling placed in bins around the region.

Each month, one resident will receive a prize fund of £250 as part of the campaign. Talking about the measures, Paul Jones, head of waste management at Northumberland County Council told newspostleader.co.uk: “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to help residents recycle as many items of waste as they can.”

He added: “This scheme is a great way of reminding people about some of the materials that can be recycled but they may not be aware of.”

Residents who want to be in with a chance of winning the prize money must register online to take part in the scheme. All they will have to do after that is to apply a sticker to items such as hard plastic bottles (such as shampoo containers) empty aerosols, glass jars and food and drink cartons.

The scheme is being handled by Waste Aware North East and is being funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, according to shieldsgazette.com. The other councils to be taking part in the measures are Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland.

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