ARTWORK by a 11-year-old girl is helping to spread a recycling message after it was put on the sides of one of the borough’s recycling trucks.

Tadley Community Primary School pupil Kaitlyn Pibernik won a competition to help spruce up the Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council truck and encourage people to recycle glass.

Her winning drawing features bottles jumping into a glass collection tray.

The borough council rolled out the last phase of its glass collection service in July, meaning that almost all parts of the borough are able to leave their bottles and jam jars out for recycling.

It is hoped the scheme, funded through a reorganisation of the borough’s waste contract, will improve the borough’s recycling, which is currently the lowest in Hampshire.

Councillor Robert Donnell , Cabinet member for the environment, said: “This competition was a really exciting opportunity for all the borough’s budding artists to come forward and show us their designs to encourage others to recycle their glass.

“We were overwhelmed with both the number and standard of entries. It was very difficult to pick a winner but I hope Kaitlyn is happy that she will be able to see her poster supersized as it travels around the borough.”

Kaitlyn, from Pamber Heath, also received a £75 high street voucher and a recycled bench for her school. Two runners-up, Sumuthu Amaradasa and Megan Toms, got a £30 voucher and their designs will be used in a poster campaign.