|Just What The Doctor Ordered
In The Bag: Clare Hall picks up her prize from Ruth Halpin.
Medical receptionist Clare Hall was so surprised to find out she'd become the latest winner of the council's recycling competition she thought it was a wind up!
"Is this genuine?" asked Clare of Norfolk Avenue, Springfield, as she returned home from her job at the local surgery to be given her prize. The Sack Race scheme's Ruth Halpin was on hand to present Clare with her £500 prize.
Each month the Mayor of Wigan makes a random selection from households who put out their recycling sacks. The winner is presented with shopping vouchers courtesy of the government's Waste and Recycling Action Programme (WRAP).
Ruth said: "It is a genuine thank you to residents for helping to conserve resources and improve our recycling rates. For a chance to win, just put your sack out on your regular day."
And that's exactly what winner Clare has been doing.
"Especially junk mail," she laughed. "The sack's a great way to get rid of all the unwanted paper rubbish that comes through your door and out of the magazines."
Collections are made every second week on the day as the regular bin collection. The council's green team is eager to see bags filled with old catalogues, brochures, computer paper, magazines and newspapers.
The Sack Race has helped to save the equivalent of 100,000 trees in the last year or so. The paper collected is sent to UPM Shotton Paper Mill near Chester, which recycles 700,000 tonnes a year - the equivalent of 95,000 double-decker buses.
The quick turnaround means that residents' recycling can be back on sale as newspapers in less than a fortnight.