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Recycling scheme supporting food banks with prize offer

People who win with a recycling incentive scheme can now choose to donate their prize to a good cause thanks to a partnership with local food banks.

 The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership’s (NWP) ‘I’m In To Win’ scheme has been running for 18 months, offering residents monthly prizes from vouchers to days out as an incentive for using their food waste bins.

 Winners now have the option of helpingstruggling families put food on the table by asking the NWP to donate £30 to their local food bank.

 Fully funded by a Government grant, the ‘I’m In To Win’ scheme invites residents to register online at

 Once registered, households receive a sticker to put on their food bin, with those puttingtheir stickered bins out for collection on a regular basis entered into a draw from which winners are chosen at random each month.

 More than 6,500 households have registered for the scheme since it was launched in the Corby Borough, Daventry District, East Northamptonshire and South Northamptonshire Council areas in November 2015.

 The amount of food waste collected across those four areas is up 13% on the previous year, meaning an additional 630 tonnes of food waste has been recycled into compost and electricity rather than being disposed of.

 Cllr Chris Millar, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “The ‘I’m In To Win’ scheme has proved popular among residents, with the prize-winning incentive apparently having a positive effect on recycling rates.

 “We are pleased to be able to offer an additional charitable option for future winners to choose if they wish, and it seemed fitting that the scheme helps to support our local food banks. It’s another great reason for people to sign up to the project and contribute towards our combined efforts to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.”

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