A recycling club which rewards residents and local good causes for recycling at home will be launched tomorrow (Tuesday) by Coventry City Council.
The Coventry Recycling Club, will see residents that are signed up to the scheme in with the chance to win ipads, garden centre vouchers and vouchers for cups of coffee, in prize draws and competitions.
They will also earn points when recycling improves in their area, which can then be used to support local groups and organisations that are taking part, who will receive funds in return.
Last year, Coventrians recycled, reused and composted 44, 055 tonnes of rubbish – the equivalent to 5,874 African elephants.
But, the total amount of rubbish disposed of was a total of 79,118 tonnes – equal to 10,549 African elephants – meaning just 35 per cent of all Coventry’s rubbish was recycled.
Rachel Lancaster, Cabinet Member for Public Services, said the Council were excited to launch the scheme to both reward people and good causes for doing their bit, as well as improve the amount the city recycles.
She added: “It’s a win win scheme as anyone that is signed up to it will benefit for recycling more and have the chance to win prizes.
“And the more the city recycles, the less the government charges us all in the long run.
“It’s free to join, so I’d encourage everyone to sign up today.”
Everyone who joins the scheme before June 1 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three digital cameras, and local charities, organisations and ‘good causes’ can apply for funding through the scheme by visiting www.coventry.gov.uk/recyclingclub.
Coventry Council’s recycling team will be in Broadgate on Tuesday, May 19, between 10am and 2pm, and on Saturday, May 23 to answer questions and sign people up to the new initiative.