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Residents set to be rewarded for recycling under new £1m Havering Council scheme

PUBLISHED: 14:07 27 November 2013 | UPDATED: 14:07 27 November 2013

From left, chef David Borrell, Cllr Barry Tebbutt, chef Mark Borrell, Cllr Paul Bettison (chairman of The Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise), and managing director for local Green Points Graham Simmonds. Pic: Mark Sepple

From left, chef David Borrell, Cllr Barry Tebbutt, chef Mark Borrell, Cllr Paul Bettison (chairman of The Improvement and Efficiency Social Enterprise), and managing director for local Green Points Graham Simmonds. Pic: Mark Sepple

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Residents who waste less and recycle more will be rewarded under a new scheme by Havering Council - the first of its kind in the capital.

The initiative, in partnership with e-business Local Green Points, will see eco-friendly households given points that can be spent on more than 1,000 products, vouchers and experiences, or donated to one of 12 local charity and community projects.

Green Points cards will also give residents access to discounts and special offers at a number of local businesses across the borough.

The £1m scheme, which see communities’ rubbish and recycling anaylsed, will be entirely funded through a Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) grant won by the council.

Cllr Barry Tebbutt, the council’s cabinet member for Environment, joined local residents for a Love Food, Hate Waste cookery workshop on reducing the amount of food that gets thrown away at Upminster Library on Monday to announce the contract.

He said: “Havering has made great strides in recent years. Residents now recycle or compost 35 per cent of household waste compared to just 27 per cent five years ago. And we also get a great turn-out for our free Love Food Hate Waste cookery workshops, swishing (clothes swap) events, Give and Take Days and more. But we want to do even better and I am confident residents, local businesses, schools and community organisations will really get behind this exciting new scheme.”

Local Green Points is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of rewards and incentives schemes to local authorities.

Graham Simmonds, managing director, said: “With over 1,000 reward and incentive offers available for Havering residents, including iTunes and Luncheon Vouchers, there will be something for everyone and I am confident the scheme will prove to be very popular with residents.”

The new reward scheme will be introduced to all Havering’s 100,000 households in early 2014. For more info go to info@localgreenpoints.com or call 020 7326 5055 between 9am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.


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