Dog poop lotto a Taiwan success

2011-12-07 15:38

Taipei - An innovative scheme to keep the streets of northern Taiwan clean has seen thousands of citizens dutifully collecting bags of dog poop in the hope of winning $2 000 in gold.

More than 4 000 residents of New Taipei City, which surrounds the capital, have signed up for the competition since it was launched in early August, and have so far collected 14 000 bags of the stuff.

"The outcome of the campaign beat all our expectations," Lai Lien-chueh, from the city's environmental protection bureau, told AFP on Wednesday.

Those taking part in the scheme were given one lottery ticket for each bag of dog waste they collected, with the top prize in the draw including gold ingots worth around Tw$60 000. 

  • Franna16 - 2011-12-07 16:07

    They should do this here in the townships and city centers. 1 full rubbish bag = 1 lotto ticket.

      Morné - 2011-12-07 16:30

      I can't help picturing the scene with the two queues outside the municipal dumps - one to go collect rubbish from the dump and the other to deliver the collected rubbish to claim lotto tickets. I took part in a clean-up campaign once where teams were competing for the most rubbish collected. Half the bags where filled with leaves and not litter. Maybe a dynamic solution is required: A fictional ruler of a city offered rewards for rat tails to curb the rodent problem. It worked well at first, then started going bad as more people brought in rat tails without seeming to affect the rat population in the city. The ruler solved the problem by taxing the rat farms.

  • Kenny - 2011-12-07 16:14

    going to need a big bag to fit malema in

  • Anthony - 2011-12-07 16:18

    Please someone tell me how they know it is actually dog poop , on not just some person dropping a load in a bag to hand in ???

      Jerolan - 2011-12-07 16:37

      They have employed Juju to taste the stuff and if he likes it then it is poop. He should know as he talks a whole lot of it every day

      Selwyn - 2011-12-07 17:01

      Dis vir jou nou n klomp strond.

  • MornĂ© - 2011-12-07 16:19

    Government offering a lucky-draw reward for doing something that will benefit the community; Now where have I heard something similar recently ...mmm?

  • Robin Dyers - 2011-12-07 16:34

    Holli har, Hellen! Is this where you got the idea? Sjoe, my dear!

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