Diamond delight for Green Bag Lottery winners

John and Mary Newell ANL-140416-104724001
John and Mary Newell ANL-140416-104724001
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South Holland District Council has awarded another £900 to great recyclers.

The council’s Green Bag Lottery scheme has just completed its second round – and there were nine £100 winners out of a possible ten.

The cash has come at just the right time for Holbeach St Marks couple John and Mary Newell.

They are celebrating their diamond wedding next month and are putting the money towards a celebration party for family and friends.

Mr Newell (82) said: “The win was a lovely surprise and we’re grateful to the district council for this £100.

“We’ve been recycling for a few years now and always have plenty to put out each week.”

It could get even better for the Newells because all winners’ names go forward to a three-monthly draw to win a further £1,000.

Other £100 recipients in the latest round included: Agnieszka Nijak, of Knipe Avenue, Spalding; Roy Shortland, of Hawthorn Bank, Spalding; Craig Hodgins, of Gleed Avenue, Donington.

Jason Carswell, of West Street, Crowland; Allen Hook, of Allenby’s Chase in Sutton Bridge.

District council waste and recycling officer Samantha Gibbons said: “We’re delighted that we’re able to award this money because it means that these winners are recycling correctly and regularly.

“However, we know there is plenty more that can be recycled and we hope that the Green Bag Lottery will encourage more residents to do their bit and recycle more.”

Households in South Holland are automatically entered into the scheme but can elect to opt out. Ten households are randomly and secretly selected every four weeks. Every one which presents recycling correctly for at least three of the four weeks wins £100.

The scheme, which will run for at least a year, is funded by a grant from the Government’s Department of Communities and Local Government’s Weekly Collections Support Scheme.