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www. gilbertjohnston.co.uk'tel 07867812537'Hartlepool College recycle art competition winners, 9/3/11.
www. gilbertjohnston.co.uk'tel 07867812537'Hartlepool College recycle art competition winners, 9/3/11.

RECYCLING experts are stepping up their bid to save Hartlepool’s unwanted batteries and waste electrical equipment from landfill sites.

Valpak is providing a free of charge service for people who want to responsibly get rid of batteries and electrics.

It has also appointed a waste awareness officer and its experts have been visiting colleges to spread the word.

The aim is to divert waste away from landfill and part of Valpak’s work involved an art and design competition with laptops as prizes for winning students.

Hartlepool College of Further Education took part in the scheme and the winning work came from students Andrew Gibson, Ashleigh Gretton and Jade Dougherty.

Paul Walker, who leads the North-East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Waste and Environment Programme and is chief executive of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “It has been great to work with Valpak on this recent project and to see the work that they are carrying out in the region to provide solutions to our waste disposal problems.

“There’s so much more that we could do in the North-East to educate people and we want to get the message out there about how they can take just small steps and make a huge difference to the world around them.”

Commercial manager Nigel Tomlinson said large-scale recycling would mean better value-for-money for councils and businesses.

He added: “We are confident that over the next few years we will encourage more recycling, help to create more jobs and divert more waste from landfill in the North-East.”

Valpak won the three-year recycling contract late last year to work with a consortium of ten councils in the North-East of England.

People wanting more details about the scheme can contact 0845 0682572 or log onto www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and select the link at the bottom of this story.