Lotta cash for recycling star

Diane Smart (right) and daughter Jess Smart (centre) receive their Green Bag Lottery winning cheque from David Rodwell, South Holland District Council's Engagement and Monitoring Officer. ANL-150728-102151001
Diane Smart (right) and daughter Jess Smart (centre) receive their Green Bag Lottery winning cheque from David Rodwell, South Holland District Council's Engagement and Monitoring Officer. ANL-150728-102151001
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A Sutton St James woman, who thought it was a joke when she was told she had won £1,000 for recycling, is urging others to go green.

Diane Smart received the top prize in South Holland District Council’s Green Bag Lottery and was presented with her cheque this week.

Mrs Smart said: “We don’t normally win things so when I found out I thought it was a joke.

“This has come as a very nice surprise and all because we’ve been doing our recycling properly, which is something I just get on with.

“Recycling isn’t hard to do and makes such a big difference so I would encourage anyone who doesn’t do it to get started.”

Mrs Smart’s win marks the end of the Green Bag Lottery, which was set up in February 2014 to promote good recycling and raise awareness of its importance.

Since the launch there have been a total of 127 winners out of a possible 160 households chosen.

Over £10,000 in prize money was handed out, which includes £100 prizes and £4,000 in grand prize draw money.

Every four weeks, ten households were randomly and secretly selected to take part.

Each one that presented recycling correctly for at least three of the four weeks was awarded £100 and they were then placed into a draw to win the grand prize of 
£1,000.

Funding for the Green Bag Lottery from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has now been exhausted.

A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “We have held the final £1,000 draw and unfortunately we will not be able to continue the scheme.

“We will be reviewing our options for future recycling initiatives and are keen to work with Lincolnshire County Council, who will be managing the county-wide recycled materials contract.

“In the meantime, we would encourage residents to carry on recycling in order to benefit communities and the environment.”