And the recycling winner is ...

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Streets Commissioner Clarena I.W. Tolson (left) and sweepstakes winner Eva Basiura at the sweepstakes announcement. (Streets Department photo)

In an effort to boost recycling in the city, the Streets Department and RecycleBank, the rewards program, have been running a sweepstakes. Every time a participant put out their bin on recycling day, or every time they got someone to sign up for the program, or every time they went online to redeem points, they got another entry in the contest.

Yesterday, the winners were announced.

Eva Basiura of North Philadelphia got the grand prize -- free groceries for a year, up to $5,000 worth, at the Fresh Grocer.

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Mrs. Basiura raised four children and now lives with her daughter and son-in-law, and she says that she's an avid recycler. She doesn't necessarily think much about it. "It's just part of my life."

Everything that's recyclable, she recycles it.

In Philadelphia, the list is growing, and the amount of material diverted from the landfill is mounting. People can now recycle all numbered plastics, 1 through 7. They can recycle bottles, cans, papers and more. See the whole list here.

First prize winners, who got to choose between $500 or a year's worth of SEPTA passes, were Alveda Jones of Northwest Philly, Marilyn Aquino of South Philly and Paul Robinson of the Northeast.

Second prize winners, who got $100 gift cards at Target, were Elizabeth Seedes and Jason Suder, both of Northeast Philly, and Camille Brown of West Philly.

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