Cotes Heath woman finds her recycling a cut above the rest


A woman from Stafford Borough will invest in a new lawnmower after winning £60 thanks to her recycling efforts.

Susan Mansell, who lives in the Cotes Heath area of the borough, won the money when council officers called and found nothing recyclable in her green refuse bin as part of their ‘Coming to a Bin Near You’ campaign.

Church View resident Susan said she planned to treat herself to a new lawnmower with the extra cash.

She is the seventh winner of the doorstep recycling challenge since it began last year with other winners coming from across the borough including Stone, Stafford, Great Haywood, Meir Heath and Gnosall.

It is part of a campaign from Stafford Borough Council to boost household recycling to 60% – the current figure is around 54%. And council bosses say the move will help keep council tax down – with an increase of just one percent on their recycling worth nearly £14,000 to the authority.

Each month an address is picked at random and will be kept secret – although the council will publicise in advance the area they will be visiting on its website and twitter account or people can find out by contacting the Civic Centre.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said:

“I’m glad people are continuing to support our recycling initiatives. Where other councils may have looked to fine residents for not recycling properly – we want to reward those who are doing all they can.

“We all know that recycling is good for the environment but what many do not know is that it is also good financially. The council is given money for the amount we recycle and this cash is pumped back in to the service. And the more money coming back to the service, means less money needed to run it – so ultimately recycling is helping to keep council tax down.”

Previous initiatives which allow more to be recycled include taking waxed drink cartons and aerosols, and allowing residents to put batteries and small electrical items in a carrier bag by the side of the recycling blue bin.

To find out what you can recycle and more information on the bin collection service go to