Warwickshire Waste Partnership has started its search for the county’s recycling champion who will be rewarded with a sumptuous staycation in Shakespeare’s England.
The Warwickshire Recycling Champion of the Year 2018 contest will recognise and reward local champions in each of the five Warwickshire districts and boroughs before a grand finale to crown the county champion.
As well as the top prize of a luxury hotel break and admission to local visitor attractions for the overall county champion, local winners and finalists will receive a package of eco-friendly recycling and garden goodies.
Launched this week, the contest is open to all Warwickshire residents with a November 30 deadline for online nominations. The local recycling champions of Warwick District, Stratford-on-Avon District, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, Rugby Borough and North Warwickshire Borough will go through to a head-to-head live final at the Market Hall Museum, Warwick next spring.
The contest is being delivered by specialist recycling rewards provider, Local Green Points, as a spin-off of the Slim Your Bin campaign which has been running in Warwickshire’s five districts and boroughs since November 2016. To enter the contest residents will need to be signed up to the Slim Your Bin campaign first. Anyone in Warwickshire can sign up to Slim Your Bin by visiting www.warwickshire.slim-your-bin.com.
Once registered at Slim Your Bin, participants will be invited to nominate themselves as a Recycling Champion contender. The second stage is a series of ‘bin slimming’ challenges focussing on wasting less and recycling more – such as putting the right thing in the right bin and minimising food waste.
The live final will take place in front of a panel of judges from Warwickshire Waste Partnership; with prizes awarded to the winners and runners up from each of the county’s Districts and Borough. The star prize is two nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast for two people at Coombe Abbey Hotel’s luxury Lady Craven Suite. There are also tickets to a fantastic range of local tourist attractions, including the British Motor Museum, brewery tour vouchers from Purity Beer and a guided visit to Stratford Butterfly Museum. All staycation prizes have been kindly donated by members of Shakespeare’s England.
Meanwhile all finalists will receive a choice of water butt or compost converter plus a year’s supply of compostable food caddy liners.
Councillor Jeff Clarke, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said, “The Recycling Champion of the Year contest is a wonderful opportunity for recycling champions in the community to gain recognition for their hard work and achievements and inspire others to waste less and recycle more too. I look forward to meeting the winners and awarding these fantastic prizes!”