Welcome to the first week of Think Green, providing you with the know-how to live a more eco-friendly life.
Each fortnight, we will be covering the latest issues in the green agenda and providing you with tips and advice on how to be that bit greener.
But let’s start with a scheme close to home. Hopefully you will have already heard about the Green Bag Lottery. This is a new recycling rewards scheme that the district council is running, giving you the chance to win £1,100 just for recycling correctly.
So why are we incentivising something that residents should already be doing? Our current recycling rate is around 30 per cent, which is really good, but we know that it could be better. EU targets require districts to reach a 50 per cent recycling rate by 2015, so it is clear that we still have some work to do.
The scheme aims to reward regular recyclers, and to encourage more people to start recycling. The scheme is entirely funded by the Weekly Collection Support Scheme funding that was won back in January 2013. The funding supports the Government’s vision of rewarding people for recycling, rather than penalising them.
To be in with a chance of winning all you need to do is recycle the right items. Our crews will make the usual, quick visual inspection just to check the recycling bags contain the right items.
Items that you can recycle are:
* Paper and cardboard including magazines, newspapers and waxed cartons.
* Food and drinks cans and tins, aerosols and clean foil.
* Household plastic packaging including plastic bottles, plastic bags and plastic film.
* Mixed glass bottles and jars.
Remember, if you put the wrong items in it will be classed as contamination. Some of the most common contaminants are:
* Crisp packets
* Pet food pouches
* Small electrical items
* Electrical cabling
If you are a lucky winner you will be notified by post at the end of the month. Good luck and happy recycling! For more information please visit www.greenbag lottery.co.uk or call 01775 761161 and ask for Samantha or Laura.