DOWN YOUR WAY...
A DOCUMENT focusing on conservation areas in Derwentside has been published for consultation.
Derwentside District Council is carrying out appraisals of all the conservation areas in the district and is keen to get residents in Burnopfield involved in the latest phase.
A workshop will be held tomorrow from 6pm in the Community Centre on Syke Road, opposite Leazes Post Office. The document can also be viewed on the council's website at www.derwentside.gov.uk/planning.
HOW wood can be used to help companies cut their carbon footprint will be discussed at a summit in Gateshead. IGNITION09, the UK Wood Fuel Expo, will be held on March 11 and 12 at The Sage Gateshead. For further information visit www.ignition09.co.uk
A SWEET MOVE
CHOCOLATE maker Nestle says it will cut the packaging used on its Easter eggs by 30% this year. The firm, which sells one in four Easter eggs in the UK, says the move will save at least 700 tonnes of waste. Nestle has removed the plastic inserts from its chocolate eggs and will put them in a cardboard basket which is recyclable and also smaller and lighter to transport.
A RECYCLING centre given a massive revamp will reopen to the public soon.
Morpeth household waste recovery centre (HWRC), formerly known as Whorral Bank, will reopen on March 4 with a modem split-level design so users no longer have to climb steps, and with scope for users to recycle more different types of materials. The refurbishment is part of a year-long pounds 12m investment in Northumberland's HWRCs. Visitors to the site will now be able to recycle items including glass, plastic bottles, electrical items, garden waste, wood, rubble, engine oil, batteries, gas cylinders, textiles, cardboard, tyres, bric-a-brac and beverage cartons.
HOPE ON TOUR
CHRISTIANS concerned about climate change are invited to an event in Newcastle. On February 26 the national Hope for Planet Earth tour will be at Brunswick Methodist Church from 7pm, aiming to educate and motivate teenagers and adults about climate change and how they can help tackle the problem. The effects of climate change on people in the developing world and the environmental impact on our planet will be examined. For more details visit www.hopeforplanetearth.co.uk