Welsh lottery aims to help boost recycling
Post by Sean Davies
on 16 February 2011 in Ethical Living
A local council in Wales is planning to establish a 'green
lottery' in a bid to encourage more people to start recycling.
The Vale of Glamorgan Council's economy and environment
scrutiny committee has already given its backing to the scheme, which will now
be put before its cabinet, according to the South Wales Echo.
Councillor Rob Curtis, who suggested the idea, wants to
investigate various incentive schemes to help reduce the amount of waste sent
to landfill, including the introduction of a monthly recycling lottery.
Cllr Curtis suggested that a street and house number could
be drawn each month and if the owner runs an eco-friendly home and has registered to take part in the
council's recycling scheme, they would win a £100 Fairtrade hamper.
Cllr Curtis said: "I believe that people should be
encouraged to recycle rather than forced. By encouraging people to take part in
our doorstep recycling service the council saves money by avoiding landfill tax
and also helps protect our environment in the process."
The Vale of Glamorgan Council missed its 40 per cent
recycling target in 2009/10, partly due to its performance with regard to dry
recyclables. When it comes to recycling rates for these items, such as cans and
glass, the council has actually taken a step backwards, slipping from 25.21 per
cent in 2008/09 to 24.89 per cent in 2009/10.
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