A tree-mendous recycling effort by South Tyneside Council and local residents has been rewarded with a major regional prize.
Once again South Tyneside Council collected the largest number of Christmas trees in Tyne and Wear - amounting to 22 tons - as part of its continuing commitment to the recovery of waste.
Such commitment has resulted in ENCAMS (formerly the Tidy Britain Group) presenting its coveted glass trophy to Councillor Tom Bamford, Lead Member for the Environment, at a ceremony at Souter Lighthouse on Monday 8th April.
The Christmas trees were collected from 19 sites around the Borough early in the New Year. They are being chipped and used as a cover for pathways throughout South Tyneside, including the coastal paths between Whitburn and South Shields.