Daventry district residents could win some fabulous prizes as well as helping the environment by recycling their food waste.
From this month, residents in the district, plus three other areas of the county, who put our their food waste caddies for collection each week can register for the I’m In to Win scheme – and the chance to win prizes ranging from free leisure centre passes, experiences and days out as well as vouchers for local shops and restaurants.
It was launched in Corby town centre on Saturday by staff from the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, which is organising the scheme with the support of Northamptonshire County Council’s Waste and Energy Education Team.
Dressed as a pizza, a hot dog, a bunch of grapes, peas in a pod and a banana, and joined by two chefs walking around the town centre on stilts, the team were on hand to provide information about the scheme and encourage shoppers to sign up.
Despite the rain more than 60 people signed up on the day, picking up a registration pack and taking home a free measuring jug. More than 220 people across the four county areas taking part have now registered for the scheme .
Further information events are taking place at the Aldi Supermarket in Towcester this Thursday (November 19) from 11am to 3pm, and in New Street in Daventry town centre on Friday (November 20), also from 11am to 3pm.
I’m In to Win is fully funded by a Government grant and will run over the next three years, during which time everyone who registers and regularly presents their food waste caddy for collection has a chance of winning a prize.
Every month there will be a winning resident from each of the four council areas taking part: Corby Borough Council, Daventry District Council, East Northamptonshire Council and South Northamptonshire Council.
All people need to do to join in is register their details online at www.feedyourcaddy.co.uk and then make sure they put out their food waste caddy for collection as normal each week.
Councillor Chris Millar, chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “Householders in Northamptonshire already recycle around 9,000 tonnes of food waste every year. While this is a great effort, we want to capture more of your food waste – making your local collection more efficient and turning waste food into renewable energy.
“I’m In to Win has lots of exciting prizes to choose from and winners can pick whichever prize suits them the best. So, if you haven’t started to recycle your food – now is a great time to start!”