Cash up for grabs in paper recycling competition

6 December 2012

Released on 30 November 2012

Six lucky South Cambridgeshire residents are set to scoop £100 each by recycling paper in their paper only caddy this winter.

The competition is being run in South Cambs Magazine, the quarterly residents' magazine from South Cambridgeshire District Council, as an incentive to get people into the paper recycling habit.

To be in with a chance to win, residents need to complete the bright yellow competition entry form in the winter issue of South Cambs Magazine - which is currently being delivered to every home in the district - and put it in paper only caddy for collection between Monday 10 and Friday 21 December.

The six winners and twelve runners-up will be selected at random when paper is tipped at AmeyCespa's Waterbeach recycling plant.

Winners will receive a cash prize of £100 donated by competition sponsors AmeyCespa and Aylesford Newsprint. Winners and Runners-up will be offered the chance to take a trip to Aylesford Newsprint's Paper Mill in Kent.

Since launching blue bin collections in October 2010, the amount of waste the Council has sent to landfill has dropped, reducing its annual service costs by £500k, which has helped to fund other services and keep council tax down. Paper recycled in the paper only caddy plays a big part in this, as it can be sold at a higher price and recycled reprocessed back into new premium quality newsprint.

Cllr Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member in charge of waste and recycling, said: "I hope that lots of our residents will take part in this competition and get into the habit of using their paper only caddy. Putting paper in the caddy generates more income which helps us fund services and keep council tax low."

Paul Kirkup, AmeyCespa's Principal Business Manager, said: "We're delighted to be sponsoring this competition and are hoping it will boost the amount of paper coming into our Waterbeach recycling plant. Paper is a valuable resource and the more we can recover the better for the environment."

Gill Denbeigh, Recycling Manager from Aylesford Newsprint, said: "We're very pleased to be sponsoring this competition. We manufacture on average 400,000 tonnes of 100% recycled newsprint each year and we're looking forward to inviting competition winners along to the mill to see what happens to their paper once it leaves their blue bin."

The winners and runners-up will be notified by 1 March and announced in the summer edition of South Cambs Magazine. Terms and conditions are available by calling 03450 450 063.

Most paper items can be recycled in the blue bin paper caddy, including:

- Newspapers and magazines
- Telephone directories
- Catalogues
- Envelopes - with or without windows
- Shredded paper
- Junk mail

South Cambridgeshire District Council's household waste recycling rate for 2011/12 was 58.3% (latest published DEFRA figures).

Last Updated: 03 December 2012  09:59