Hartlepool recycling site is coming up roses

Keith McIntosh recycling operative with art work made by the staff at the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Keith McIntosh recycling operative with art work made by the staff at the Household Waste Recycling Centre.

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Workers at a town waste site have been having fun with flowers to spruce up the place.

The staff at Hartlepool’s Household Waste Recycling Centre decided to make good use of old rubbish.

A pair of wellies, a broken lawn mower and even an old toilet, have all been given a floral makeover bringing colour to the Burn Road site.

Helen Beaman, team manager for waste environment at Hartlepool Borough Council, said the idea came from the staff at the site and has proved very popular.

She said: “The lads down there are great and work really hard and just came up with this idea.

“There were some plants left over from one of the parks, so the lads used them to fill the objects and make the place look nicer.

“It started as a bit of fun, but there is also the serious side of it showing how things can be recycled.

“We have been doing a lot of work at the site to encourage people to recycle more.”

She said it is amazing the items people take to the tip to throw away, some of them have never been used.

Helen said the unusual bit of gardening has had a very positive response from the public.

She said: “It has been brilliant, we have had loads and loads of compliments from people, it has been really well received.

“People have been putting pictures on Facebook and everything.

“It just makes the place look nicer for everyone, the people who work there and when people drive up in their cars to drop stuff off.

“The lads are pleased with the outcome and they are looking after the plants.”

Site user, Zena Elsdon, said: “It looks really good.

“ It makes it a bit brighter when you are dropping rubbish off.”