Recycling residents win hundreds of pounds
Last updated: 16/08/2010
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People in North Cornwall have won hundreds of pounds worth of
shopping vouchers by taking part in a Cornwall Council recycling
The council’s waste awareness team is
currently running a campaign to raise awareness in Launceston -
trying to persuade those who don’t recycle to start, and help those
that do to recycle more.
As an incentive to use the kerbside recycling service, local
residents were invited to take part in a free Big Green Ticket
prize draw. Residents fill out their details on a ticket
stub, give this to the Waste Awareness Team and then put their
corresponding Big Green Ticket in with their paper recycling on the
day of collection, or in a Sita paper recycling bank.
There have been six lucky winners so far, including a delighted
Alan Stokes of Launceston (pictured receiving his vouchers with two
of the Waste Awareness Team) who scooped one of the £100
Julian German, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Waste
Management, said: “We need more people to recycle and what better
way than by providing a financial incentive. The environmental
benefits of recycling are clear. There are clear financial
benefits, also the less waste that has to be taken to landfill, the
lower the cost to the council taxpayer.
“It’s great to see people getting involved in the scheme and
some lucky residents reaping the financial rewards.”
Recent figures show that the cost of collecting black bags from
the kerbside is nearly five times the cost of collecting recycled
materials. Research carried out by the Council shows that the
average black bag of rubbish costs £1.99 to collect and dispose of
compared with just 41 pence to deal with a bag of recycling.
Throughout July and August the team have been in Launceston as
part of a targeted campaign. The Waste Awareness Team has been in
schools and at events talking to local residents, raising
awareness, and answering questions about the importance of waste
minimisation and recycling.
Recycling is one of the most established and positive ways in
which everyone can do their bit every day to help conserve precious
resources and reduce waste to landfill.
Cllr German said: “For 50% of households in Cornwall it is now
second nature to separate out paper, cans and bottles. Cornwall
Council must convince more residents that recycling is the right
thing to do.”
The team return to Launceston on August 28 for the “Give and
Take” reuse event at Launceston College. In September they
will be attending all of the student fresher fairs in Cornwall to
encourage students to begin recycling. The targeted work starts
again in October with a new big green ticket competition in
Camborne, Pool and Redruth.
Story posted 16 August 2010
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