The call is out for local charities and community groups to get involved in Oxford City Council’s Blue Bin Recycling League competition – and be in with a chance to scoop a monthly £400 cash prize.
And residents are in with a chance to be winners too - all they need to do to take part is pledge to recycle as much as they can.
The Council has split Oxford into eight areas based on bin day and every month the area that improves its recycling rate the most will top the league and win. The winning area’s residents are then invited to vote for a local charity or community group to receive a £400 cash boost.
Cllr John Tanner, Oxford City Council’s Executive Board Member for a Clean, Green Oxford, said: “The Blue Bin Recycling League is a great way to encourage residents to recycle more and help community organisations with a cash boost at the same time. And with a chance for individuals to win a prize as well - everybody wins!”
Residents in winning areas who’ve pledged to take part will automatically be entered into a draw to win a prize worth up to £60. Two households win every month. Everyone who pledges to take part can also claim a free roll of food caddy liners.
July’s winning residents, the Aziz family and Mr More, both of Cowley, chose £30 worth of Templars Square shopping centre vouchers and £60 worth of Oxford Bus Company vouchers.
The cut-off date for interested charities and community groups is 2 September. Any local charity or community group that mainly benefits residents of Oxford is eligible to apply. Application forms can be downloaded from oxford.gov.uk/recyclingleague. Groups can also email or can get in touch via Facebook or Twitter
The Blue Bin Recycling League competition has been running since last October and is entirely funded by a government grant.
Groups that have already benefitted from a cash prize include Restore, Donnington Doorstep Family Centre and Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC).
Restore spent the prize money on new equipment at their therapeutic garden café and Elder Stubbs recovery groups, which helps mental health sufferers. Donnington Doorstep Family Centre bought play equipment for their family drop-in service and OSARCC will spend the money on their crisis helpline.