Council gives cash prizes to recyling residents

First published in Echo News

RESIDENTS who go green and recycle their rubbish could be rewarded with cash prizes.

Southend Council has revealed it is looking at offering people who keep on top of recycling their waste up to £1,000.

Next month, households will get light green bin bags for food waste and the council hopes that by offering cash prizes, people will be committed to doing their bit for the environment.

Those signed up for the scheme will be monitored by the council to make sure they are actually recycling their rubbish.

Southend Council’s team leader for waste management, Imran Kazalbash said: “The council has been working with its waste contractor, Cory Environmental, to explore incentives to residents to recycle more and improve participation.

“The proposal, which is part of a long term funded communication plan, is to ask residents to make a pledge either online or by post, to recycle.

“Once pledges have been received within the deadline, properties that have been selected randomly will be monitored to ensure they are fully participating in the recycling schemes for a chance to win cash prizes of up to £1,000.”

The council is expected to roll out the scheme in late summer.

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3:37pm Thu 14 Feb 13

emcee says...

1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage.
2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe?
3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded?
4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair?
1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage. 2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe? 3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded? 4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair? emcee
  • Score: 3

5:13pm Thu 14 Feb 13

siddymint says...

So migth as well just not bother recycling and put it in a black bag.
How silly .
Would it not be better establishing easier methods of collecting extra pink sacks
So migth as well just not bother recycling and put it in a black bag. How silly . Would it not be better establishing easier methods of collecting extra pink sacks siddymint
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Rochford Rob says...

I see there's someone who's 'Head' of a 'Team' already. In Rochford we have three different types of lorry, bloody great bins, different days, re-cycling 'co-ordinators' and a whole raft of Jobsworths and time servers. Emptying the rubbish. An industry in itself.

Bloody councils. Empty the bins. It ain't rocket science. If anything, target the manufacturers and shops - they are the ones producing all this sh*te in the first place.
I see there's someone who's 'Head' of a 'Team' already. In Rochford we have three different types of lorry, bloody great bins, different days, re-cycling 'co-ordinators' and a whole raft of Jobsworths and time servers. Emptying the rubbish. An industry in itself. Bloody councils. Empty the bins. It ain't rocket science. If anything, target the manufacturers and shops - they are the ones producing all this sh*te in the first place. Rochford Rob
  • Score: 2

8:32pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

emcee wrote:
1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage.
2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe?
3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded?
4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair?
The cash prize comes from a grant and not council tax.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: 1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage. 2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe? 3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded? 4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair?[/p][/quote]The cash prize comes from a grant and not council tax. Joe Wildman-Clark
  • Score: 1

8:47pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Nebs says...

Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
emcee wrote:
1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage.
2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe?
3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded?
4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair?
The cash prize comes from a grant and not council tax.
Thats generous of someone. Who gave the grant?
[quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: 1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage. 2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe? 3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded? 4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair?[/p][/quote]The cash prize comes from a grant and not council tax.[/p][/quote]Thats generous of someone. Who gave the grant? Nebs
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Thu 14 Feb 13

jolllyboy says...

The cash prize is for recycling food waste ? this penalises those that have none , who eat up and recycle bones themselves. Unworkable. Ridiculous. Goes on like this and I will not recycle anything.
The cash prize is for recycling food waste ? this penalises those that have none , who eat up and recycle bones themselves. Unworkable. Ridiculous. Goes on like this and I will not recycle anything. jolllyboy
  • Score: 1

11:01pm Thu 14 Feb 13

shoeburyden says...

that should make it easy for the foxes, (come on council, think before you do stupid things) on second thoughts just give us plates so we can present in style for the foxes
that should make it easy for the foxes, (come on council, think before you do stupid things) on second thoughts just give us plates so we can present in style for the foxes shoeburyden
  • Score: 1

11:01pm Thu 14 Feb 13

Joe Wildman-Clark says...

Nebs wrote:
Joe Wildman-Clark wrote:
emcee wrote:
1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage.
2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe?
3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded?
4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair?
The cash prize comes from a grant and not council tax.
Thats generous of someone. Who gave the grant?
Central Government as part of the recycling initiative to cut amount council's pay in land fill fines (tax).

There was more about it in the printed paper than in the article online.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joe Wildman-Clark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: 1. This "lottery" penalises those who live in flats which a) do no have strorage facilities for mulitple bins or bags or b) have communal rubbish storage. 2. Does recycling really need this sort of bribe? 3. What does "up to..." mean? Are there multiple "prizes" and what is the amount of the total prize fund taken from our council tax? How often are the prizes awarded? 4. How will it be monitored and how does each participant know that monitoring is fair?[/p][/quote]The cash prize comes from a grant and not council tax.[/p][/quote]Thats generous of someone. Who gave the grant?[/p][/quote]Central Government as part of the recycling initiative to cut amount council's pay in land fill fines (tax). There was more about it in the printed paper than in the article online. Joe Wildman-Clark
  • Score: 1

7:29am Fri 15 Feb 13

wælcyrge says...

So should I stop composting my food waste and put it in one of the light green bin bags to qualify for a prize?
So should I stop composting my food waste and put it in one of the light green bin bags to qualify for a prize? wælcyrge
  • Score: 1

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