Sunday, 20 March 2011

Recycle For Cash

By Ben Aulakh

Householders in Warwick and Leamington could win £50 by recycling as much of their household waste as possible.

Warwick District Council is offering people the chance to win the money as an incentive to encourage them to divert as much waste as possible from landfill by recycling.

Councillor Shilton, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services said, “It is alarming the amount of recyclable material households are still throwing away,

“It’s simple – the more we recycle the more money we can save as a result, which in the end is helping us keeping council tax the same as last year.”

Three years ago more than 46,000 properties in the district were given a 180 litre grey bin for non-recyclable household waste.

The bins were specifically designed to cater for a typical family of five, taking into account the average 80 per cent of household waste that can be recycled.

However anyone who is struggling to manage their waste should contact the Recycling Team; Community Recycling Officers are available to visit householders at a time to suit them.

As part of the council’s drive to divert as little waste as possible to landfill, anyone who regularly overfills their grey bin, or puts out additional sacks next to their grey bins will be contacted by the team of Community Recycling Officers.

The team will ensure that the family has a big enough bin, and that they have all the recycling containers and information available to them.

The collection crews are working in partnership with the Community Recycling Team to identify and record properties who produce excessive amounts of waste, in order to highlight residents who may need additional support.

The team also give out thank you cards to properties that are recycling, these can be sent back to the team to be entered into a monthly free prize draw where residents can win £50 – just for recycling.

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