One Hundred and Eighty – double rollover for bin prize in Barlaston

A lucky Barlaston householder will land £180 – just for being a good recycler.

Stafford Borough Council has declared August will be a double rollover for their doorstep recycling challenge – which means a lucky resident in Barlaston is in with a chance of bagging treble the money.

It follows visits to a number of properties in Swansmoor Drive, Hixon in June, and Shannon Road, Stafford last month, where Council officers went away leaving residents empty-handed after nobody could prove their refuse bin was recycling free.

Now the Council will be visiting a house selected at random in Barlaston later this month as part of the initiative. If the householder has nothing recyclable in their green refuse bin they will get £180. But if they don’t succeed, the team will visit other properties in the street.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health, said it was the first time that they had gone two months without a winner.

“I’ve heard there were some very disappointed people in Hixon and Stafford because this really is an easy opportunity to bag some money without doing very much. I’m sure residents in Barlaston will not miss out.”

The scheme started last year and has so far seen winners from around the borough including Stone, Stafford, Gnosall and Great Haywood.

It is part of a campaign from the 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.

Officers knock at the door of a randomly selected home each month and give away the money if there is nothing that can be recycled in the green waste bin – a scheme dubbed ‘Coming to a Bin Near You’.

The address is secret although the council publicise the area they will be visiting on its website and twitter account in advance. People can also find out by contacting 01785 619402.