A resident tries out the new service.
Gateshead Council has launched a new plastic recycling service, enabling residents to drop off waste at two designated drop-off points.
Plastic bottle banks have been established at two Gateshead waste and recycling centres to deal with a number of waste products.
The sites - at Campground depot, Wrekenton and Cowan Road, Blaydon - will help residents recycle a wider range of rubbish, complimenting the council's existing doorstep collection service.
The centres can accept all plastic bottles such as drinks, washing-up liquid and household cleaning bottles as well as body and hair care products.
There is a large market for these things which are usually made from PET, HDPE or LDPE plastic which can be easily be recycled into new products.
John Robinson, group director of Local Environmental Services at Gateshead Council, said:
"We are currently reviewing our overall strategy and hope to increase the materials, including plastics, collected from residents' doorsteps in the future. In the meantime we are introducing plastic bottle recycling at our two Household Waste & Recycling sites at Cowen Road, Blaydon and Campground Depot, Wrekenton. This is in response to public demand and indications of an improving market for collected plastics.
"One of the problems is that plastic is a high volume yet low-density material making collection, transportation and sorting very expensive," he said.
At the moment the council cannot accept cardboard drinks cartons such as tetrapak, plastic bags, plastic film, margarine tubs, ready meal cartons and yoghurt pots. These are made of different types of plastic and there is no suitable reprocessor to take these at the moment.