Treasure hunt for a good cause

Winners Keeley Hales (8) and Jess Hales (5) found all six 'space invader' glass banks
Winners Keeley Hales (8) and Jess Hales (5) found all six 'space invader' glass banks
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THREE families are celebrating after turning detective to win a unique treasure hunt.

Portsmouth City Council and Friends of Glass set residents a challenge to find six specially-decorated glass recycling banks which were placed throughout the city.

The competition was set up to highlight the importance of recycling glass containers.

The ongoing campaign to raise awareness includes glass banks which were designed by Portsmouth resident Antony Beech in a previous competition.

Antony’s classic space invader, computer game-inspired image was picked as the winning design and now features on all six banks.

The challenge involved families hunting out the specially-decorated glass banks before taking a picture of themselves using the banks to recycle glass and submitting them online.

Three families were picked as winners and rewarded with Love to Shop vouchers.

In 2016, only half the glass packaging used by Portsmouth residents was recycled, despite glass being 100 per cent recyclable.

More than 2,500 tonnes of glass were sent to landfill. Recycling this amount of glass would save the council more than £100,000 a year.

Brook Hayes from competition sponsors Friends of Glass said: ‘We were delighted by the enthusiasm of the entries for this fun competition.

‘We urge all residents of Portsmouth to be inspired by the space invader banks and remember that by recycling glass, you are helping to wipe out waste – both in terms of resources and money.’

Vincent Venus, service manager in Waste Management at Portsmouth City Council said: ‘The treasure hunt proved a great way of getting people to look out for and recycle at these unusual glass banks.

‘We think the author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, once a GP based in Southsea, would have approved and had his most famous detective Sherlock Holmes agree that remembering to always recycle glass really is ‘elementary’!’