Think Green: By South Holland District Council’s waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins
The Green Bag Lottery is now in its ninth month. Within that time 59 households have become better off and two households have been £1,000 winners!
The Lottery is a recycling rewards scheme that aims to encourage recycling and reward regular recyclers. All households in the district are automatically entered.
It was funded by a Government grant called the Weekly Collection Support Scheme. This money has also been put into improving recycling and refuse collections and maintaining the weekly collection schedule.
The new fleet of recycling and refuse lorries were funded under this scheme and last week we had some great new graphics printed on the side of them to publicise our campaigns (see page 9).
The scheme works by randomly selecting ten households at the beginning of every four week period from a computer database. Our crews are then issued with tick sheets. These sheets contain details of one of the selected households, plus up to ten surrounding ones, so that the crew are not party to the potential winners.
If these households recycle for three out of four weeks they win £100! You just need to make sure you are putting the right things in your bag; otherwise your bag will be stickered and rejected.
Every three months the winners from that period are entered into the £1,000 draw. The next of these is coming up soon.
An adjusted scheme is running for areas where waste is collected communally, with bag tags issued to these households.
If you have run out they can be collected from the council offices or requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information look online at www.greenbaglottery.co.uk So remember to recycle your waste, check it’s clean and bag it up. Make recycling your good habit.