|Jeanís The Recycling Queen
In The Bag: Jean Goldthorpe celebrates Sack Race success with grandson Tim and Elizabeth Holgate from the councilís Green Team.
Another lucky resident is celebrating after winning the councilís recycling competition.
Jean Goldthorpe of Higher Ince, was looking after her grandson Tim when Wigan Councilís Green Team member Elizabeth Holgate called with the good news.
Mrs Goldthorpe has been recycling her old papers and magazines since collections began last year. This month, she became the sixth winner of the Sack Race, receiving £500 of shopping vouchers.
Sheís keen to remind friends and family that if they join in, they could win too. Every month, the Mayor draws the address of a participating household from a sack. The prizes come from the governmentís recycling agency WRAP (Waste Resources & Action Programme), not local council tax. Winners so far have come from Hindley Green, Poolstock, Worsley Hall, Aspull, and Beech Hill.
The councilís green team is delighted to see a marked increase in recycling rates since the competition began. The latest figures show that Wigan borough residents saved 2,700 tonnes of paper waste being dumped in the ground ó thatís the equivalent of 47,000 trees being cut down.
Council recycling expert Dr Gail Schofield says:
ďNearly half of all residents are helping save trees, money and resources by giving us their old papers. But we really do want everyone to join inÖ and, who knows, win £500 in the process!Ē
For more information about paper recycling or your collection day please call (01942) 404369.