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Food waste reward scheme comes to Northampton

A prize scheme which rewards residents for recycling their food waste has been extended to Northampton.

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership’s (NWP) ‘In to Win’ scheme gives residents the chance to win monthly prizes from vouchers to days out as an incentive for recycling their food waste

The scheme has been running in Daventry District, Corby Borough, East Northamptonshire and South Northamptonshire council areas since November 2015.

Now residents from Northampton Borough can get involved too by registering online at www.feedyourcaddy.co.uk

Everyone who signs-up is sent a registration pack including an ‘I’m In’ sticker for their outside food waste caddy and a leaflet reminding them of all the things that can be put in it.

Then all they need to do is put their food waste out for recycling each week. One winner is chosen every month from each of the five council areas taking part, and can choose from a range of prizes shown on the website or choose to donate the cash equivalent to their local food bank.

Councillor Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “In to Win has proved extremely popular, so we’re delighted to welcome residents of Northampton Borough to the scheme.

“More than 140 winners have enjoyed days out, dining, leisure passes, theatre vouchers and more since we launched in 2015, which is great, but the scheme has also had a very positive impact on food recycling rates across the county. We are recycling around 1,600 more tonnes of food waste per year than before In to Win was introduced, helping us to create renewable energy and saving money which can be used on other services.

“So whether you’re new to food recycling or not, please sign up to ‘In To Win’ and let’s work together to make a positive impact on the environment.”

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for environment, said: “Residents in Northampton are already pretty good at recycling, with 2,500 tons of food waste collected in 2018. However, there is always more to be done in this area to help limit the amount of waste going for disposal.

“We’re pleased to be working with Northamptonshire Waste Partnership to introduce the ‘In to Win’ scheme in the borough, which we hope will not only encourage more people to recycle their food waste but will also enable us to reward regular recyclers with the chance to win great prizes.”

The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership (NWP) is a partnership of all Northamptonshire councils and was set up to improve joint working arrangements on waste management matters. Another key objective is to improve the effective delivery of waste services across the county.

For more information, including tips about what to put in your food waste caddy, please visit www.feedyourcaddy.co.uk

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