Recycling Champion of the Year Claire Haworth collected her prize for being the best recycler in Cheshire East.
The prize, presented by Councillor David Topping Cabinet member in charge of the environment, is a 12-month family leisure pass to any of Cheshire East’s leisure centres.
Claire, 46, of Wilmslow, is a mum-of-two and does all she can to teach her family how to save the environment, impressing judges with her commitment and passion.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to win a leisure pass for my family and I just hope that I can pass on positive ways to save the environment through this campaign.”
Claire’s winning submission advised of the benefits of chucking ground coffee granules on to house-hold plants to perk them up, among other tips.
Councillor Topping said: “I’d just like to say well done to Claire who is doing a great deal of justice to the environment by encouraging her family to tackle the issue in the home – and now through this campaign.
“If we were all as committed as Claire, the environment would be a great place for future generations.”
The best and brightest ideas about how to reduce, reuse and recycle were summed up in 150 words from each entrant with a final winner chosen and six runners-up winning a family day out to the Beatrix Potter event at Tatton Hall, opening this spring.
The best ideas will now be passed on to the public to inspire others to try different ways to recycle and cut down on all the unnecessary waste.
For more information about recycling log on to: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/recycling
Claire’s winning submission:
“It starts with how you live life in the first place! My recycling is kept to a minimum in the first place as I buy milk in glass bottles from the milkman and use a garden composter for fruit and vegetables.
“Coffee grounds go on plants and stale bread, cake, biscuits, fruit, butter, potatoes and cheese goes out to the birds, hedgehogs and foxes (photographic and video evidence available!).
“Leftover scraps and old meat are fed to my cats and leftover food is made into something the next day or given to my mum.
“I have a vegetable patch, drink tap water, buy meat from the butchers and buy vegetables loose (less packaging) whilst also supporting local businesses.
“Basically, I’ve made a few very simple lifestyle changes and everyone wins - especially the environment!
“I’m a 70s child, so what do you expect! We can change our lifestyle but I can’t change my ageing metabolism - need the help of a gym for that!”