Keen recycler Jason Carswell has bagged himself a grand as the first top prize winner of South Holland’s Green Bag Lottery.
The lottery was launched in February to help boost the amount of waste recycled across the district – and it’s worked with another 70 tonnes collected each week, a rise of 12 per cent.
Jason, from Crowland, said: “I have always been a recycler.
“I started recycling on the day I first received recycling boxes from the council, before the green bags were introduced.
“I probably put two big green bags of recycling out every week now.”
Jason received his £1,000 cheque from Coun Roger Gambba Jones, whose portfolio includes waste recycling, and council waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins.
Jason said: “It’s brilliant. I think the lottery will really encourage people to recycle, especially when they see it promoted in the press.
“For me the scheme is great publicity and is helping to raise awareness of recycling in general as well as letting people know what to put in their green bags.”
Another 41 lucky residents have each won £100 in the first five months of the lottery, showing how many residents are regular recyclers.
Council bosses hope more people will be inspired to recycle and make South Holland’s collections even bigger.
The lottery scheme is funded by a Government grant which, as well as rewards for residents, has helped fund new recycling collection vehicles, in-cab technology to make collections more efficient and the popular Swishing reuse campaign.
The Government cash is also allowing South Holland’s weekly collections to continue until at least 2017.
All households in the district are entered into the South Holland Recycling Rewards Scheme and, each month, ten are randomly selected for a £100 prize.
In order to win, the households must have recycled three out of four weeks and present their recycling correctly with no “contamination”.
n For information visit www.greenbaglottery.co.uk