Seven hundred pounds has been handed out in prize money for outstanding recycling efforts.
South Holland District Council rewarded seven households with £100 in the first round of its Green Bag Lottery.
Every month ten homes are randomly chosen and residents who recycle correctly for at least three of the four weeks take the prize money.
In the first round of the lottery seven out of the ten households met the expected efforts.
Now they will be added to another draw against all the winners in the first three months of the scheme for a chance to win £1,000.
Winners from this round include Pat Mason and Susan Dean from Spalding, Anita Freeman from Weston, Paul Walmsley of Saracen’s Head and Celia Willmot from Gedney Drove End.
Celia, who lives with her three teenaged children on Main Road, said: “We are very surprised and excited to hear about the win.
“For us to be chosen out of all the households was a lovely surprise.”
“As a family we recycle regularly and realise how important it is to reduce the impact on the environment.”
Recycling correctly means putting the right items out for collection on the right day and ensuring they have been cleaned. You should not put polystyrene, crisp packets and pet food pouches in recycling. Anyone who does this is in with a chance of winning.
Samantha Gibbons, South Holland District Council waste and recycling officer, said: “It is appreciated that some households do not fill a green sack every week, but residents do have the option to put their recycling out in smaller carrier bags.”
As part of the scheme the council is also offering free talks to local groups and schools about recycling and waste minimisation.
Samantha said: “It was tremendous that there were seven out of a possible ten winners at the first attempt. It’s fantastic that so many residents are regular recyclers.”
Besides the scheme the council has also launched a textile collection trial allowing residents to recycle unwanted textiles and clothing, to be left next to the normal recycling for collection.
Following bags being ripped open and searched in Counterdrain Drove, Tongue End and Tollgate, Spalding, police are reminding residents to report such behaviour by calling 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Green Bag Lottery is a government-funded scheme and will run for at least a year.
All the details about the competition and what can be recycled can be found online at www.greenbaglottery.co.uk