Recyling can win you and your community a prize in a new initiative looking to encourage people to keep the green bin well used.
Welcome packs for West Norfolk Recycling Rewards are set to land on doorsteps in May.
Waste and recycling levels across each community are measured, with increases in the amount of recycling collected and decreases in the amount of rubbish collected earning residents of that community Green Points.
Residents can also earn extra points by taking extra actions, such as reducing contamination.
Every month, the resident who has earned the most Green Points for their community will win a £50 voucher, with two runners up each receiving a £25 voucher for their efforts. This means that 15 vouchers will be given away with residents able to choose from Marks & Spencer, Majestic Cinema, iTunes and National Garden Gift Vouchers.
The scheme will support local charity and community projects with £6,000 in donations in the first year.
The money will be split between the six communities, with the community in which residents have earned the most points getting the most.
Residents can vote for which of six local projects they’d like to see receive their community’s share of the money – Scotty’s Little Soldiers, West Norfolk Mind, Festival Too, Norfolk Hospice, Hospital Radio Lynn and the Rotary Club of King’s Lynn.
All residents of the borough are eligible to join the free scheme. They can activate their account online at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingrewards, by calling 0207 326 5055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5.30pm) or filling in the welcome pack freepost form.
To get involved in the free scheme, residents first need to activate their accounts on the Recycling Rewards website at www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/recyclingrewards, by calling 0207 326 5055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm) or by filling in the freepost form included in their welcome pack.
Brian Long, West Norfok Council cabinet member for environment, said: “This scheme is a fantastic opportunity for residents to get rewarded for all the effort they put into recycling the right things in the right way and we hope that it will encourage residents to do as much as they can.”
“We’re also proud to be supporting some fantastic local charities with this scheme and hope that residents are keen to get on board.”
Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Local Green Points, who are delivering the scheme for the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, said: “It’s great to be rewarding residents of West Norfolk for their recycling efforts, as although residents already recycle 42% of their waste there is still work to be done to reach the EU target of 50% by 2020. We hope that the mix of community and individual rewards will appeal to as many residents as possible and are looking forward to seeing improvements over the next two years.”
The project is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as part of their Recycling Reward Scheme.