A RECYCLING scheme that kicked off last year has been joined by thousands of people.
Portsmouth City Council launched the Portsmouth Big Recycle Scheme in September and so far, around 7,000 people have signed up.
It has seen the highest figure of recycled material in the past five years with 916 tonnes collected.
But the residents who have signed up for the scheme aren’t just helping the environment, they are entered into a free monthly draw.
From each draw 81 winners are randomly selected and, providing they have been recycling correctly, receive their rewards. The top prize is £250 in cash.
The council hope that the recent recycling total is the first of many milestones to be reached as the city continues to improve its recycling.
Councillor Sandra Stockdale, cabinet member for environment and community safety, said: ‘We are really happy with this figure and we hope the recycling in the city continues to increase.
‘While this is great news, we don’t want to get complacent.
‘We will still be working very hard with residents throughout the year to remind them what they can and can’t recycle in Portsmouth and why it’s so important for our city.’
Recognising the challenge in getting its message across, The Big Recycle will be popping up during the year with various campaigns tailored to different people throughout the city.
You can sign up to the scheme now by visiting bigrecycle.portsmouth.gov.uk or by calling the council on (023) 9243 7843.