HOUSEHOLDERS across Stafford could be in line for a cash bonus - just for being good at recycling.
Stafford Borough Council is launching a new scheme called ‘coming to a bin near you’, with home owners being offered £60 if they have no recycling in their green rubbish bins.
The first area chosen to be part of the recycling doorstep challenge is Great Haywood, on Tuesday, September 9.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for Environment, said: “Where other councils may have looked to fine residents for not recycling properly - we want to reward those who are doing all they can.
“A lot of the stuff residents throw in the green refuse waste bin can actually be recycled - this is a message we are keen to get across.”
Council staff will knock at an address, picked at random, and if the resident can prove their refuse bin is recycling free then they will be given £60. But if the house is not recycling all it can, staff will choose other addresses in the street in a bid to give away the cash.
The council has been running a number of initiatives to hit a 60% recycling target in a move that bosses say will help the environment - as well as keep council tax down. It currently recycles around 53% of all household waste.
Each month an address will be picked at random and will be kept secret - although the council will publicise in advance the area they will be visiting on its website and twitter account or people can find out by contacting the Civic Centre.
Councillor Finlay added: “The council is given money for the amount we recycle and this cash is pumped back in to the service. The more money coming back to the service, means less money needed to run it - so ultimately recycling is helping to keep council tax down.”
To find out what you can recycle and more information on the bin collection service go to www.staffordbc.gov.uk/binday