Two local authorities in England have launched recycling incentives schemes for residents this month – aimed at boosting recycling rates and cutting contamination from kerbside collections.
Teignbridge district council in Devon and Oxford city council both rolled out new reward schemes on October 5 with funding secured from central government.
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The Teignbridge scheme coincides with the roll out of a new recycling service
The Oxford council scheme, dubbed the ‘Blue Bin Recycling League’ will see the city split into eight areas, with the zone that improves its recycling rate the most each month to win a prize.
Householders in the successful area will vote to award a local charity or community group £400. Two residents will also win a prize draw worth more than £30 every month for their recycling efforts.
Councillor John Tanner, board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “I hope everyone will get involved in the Blue Bin Recycling League. It will be a bit of fun, help good causes and boost Oxford’s recycling rates – but you’ve got to bin it to win it!”
Teignbridge council has meanwhile unveiled its ‘Recycling Together Rewards’ scheme, which has been rolled out to coincide with changes to its waste and recycling service.
Collections of food waste and recyclables in the South Devon district are currently being brought forward from a fortnightly to weekly service. The council is already one of the stronger performers for recycling in England, with a rate of 53.57%.
Under the rewards scheme, residents will be set a “challenge” to keep their residual bin free of any food waste or dry recyclables in a bid to reduce contamination. Participants, including community organisations, can sign-up online to receive stickers to place on their black bins to show they are part of the scheme.
Reward stickers to be placed on residual bins in Teignbridge
Reward stickers to be placed on residual bins in Teignbridge
Each month two top prizes of £100 and eight runner-up prizes of £25 will be distributed to householders, with their nominated community group getting the cash equivalent.
Councillor Kevin Lake, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive spokesman for Environment Services, added: “Recycling Together Rewards is a chance for us to try something new in Teignbridge, with real benefits for the local organisations involved. The scheme is open to community groups, schools, charities and not-for-profit organisations and their supporters so we’d really encourage them to get involved.”
The Oxford and Teignbridge schemes have received £350,000 and £40,000 respectively under the Department for Communities and Local Government’s £11 million recycling fund, which announced 46 successful bids in March (see story).
Launch of the two schemes comes as Halton council in Merseyside – one of the first local authorities in England to introduce recycling reward schemes – announced it was to axe the incentive last week following a cut in central government funding. Its programme was rolled out in 2010 at the initial cost of around £144,000 per year.
According to Greenredeem, which took over running the scheme in 2013 following its acquisition of Recyclebank, the scheme had increased Halton’s recycling rate “three times faster” than the national average