I write in response to Mr White and his letter rubbishing the Green Bag Lottery (GBL) scheme run by South Holland District Council.
Let me start by thanking Mr White for his positive words regarding our collection service and for his ongoing commitment to recycling.
Our loaders are very familiar with their routes and were conscientious in completing these records for each street collected, ensuring that those households that were good recyclers were properly recorded
The GBL scheme ended in July of this year and saw a total of 123 £100 and four £1,000 prizes awarded.
The purpose of the scheme was to encourage people to both recycle more and, more importantly, start recycling.
Although we would have liked to see our recycling tonnage increase even further, the net increase we experienced, of some five per cent, was still very encouraging.
With regards to Mr White’s comments about the collection methods used, while I can understand why this might raise concerns with a casual observer, I can assure him that it was not as hit and miss as he fears.
Initially, each collection vehicle carried a list of every household, by street name, with a tick being placed against those that presented their recycling correctly.
This paper system changed to an electronic system when our new vehicle fleet entered service.
Our loaders are very familiar with their routes and were conscientious in completing these records for each street collected, ensuring that those households that were good recyclers were properly recorded.
I’m particularly sorry to see that Mr White has waited until now, more than two months after the GBL ended, to make his concerns known.
Had he contacted the environmental services team directly, they would have been keen to invite him along to see how the GBL was being operated and how the recording system worked, thereby, helping to allay his concerns.