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Cherwell District Council free bin prize sparks 'giggles'

Cherwell letter about prize draw winner Image copyright Andrew burgess
Image caption The letter thanked Mr Burgess for his 'valuable insight' on the council's environmental services

A man said he "had a giggle" after finding out he had won a free bin in a prize draw after filling out a survey for his council.

Cherwell District Council entered people who gave feedback on its environmental work into the draw.

Andy Burgess, 37, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, can opt for an alternative prize of five rolls of food waste bags.

He said: "I felt a little excited when I saw I'd won something, and then I read it and had a laugh and a giggle."

The congratulatory letter reads: "Thank you for sharing your views and helping us to gain valuable insight into residents' views of the services we provide."

'Fun with serious message'

Mr Burgess did not know he was in the running for a prize.

He said: "On the top of the envelope it said 'prize winner' so I thought it was probably junk email - some rubbish, phoney letter saying I'd won something.

"But as I opened it I saw it was from the council and thought 'Oh my God, it could be real, what have I won?'

"Having a month off my council tax would have been nice, or Amazon vouchers, but in its way the bin is saving the planet so it's a good thing."

Cherwell District Council said its recycling campaigns were a bit of fun "with a serious message".

It said: "We were looking at residents' opinions on climate change, the way they use energy and what they'd do themselves to improve energy efficiency.

"And we also wanted to find out about their recycling habits and ways to improve.

"The survey helps us decide what areas we can improve, and what environmental factors are important to residents."

The authority has been honoured at the Association of Public Service Excellence awards for increasing recycling in the district.

Mr Burgess told the BBC he is likely to choose the bin for his prize, as opposed to the caddy liners.

He will ask for the smaller of the two sizes available.

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