Merton residents set to receive cash rewards for recycling

Wimbledon Guardian: Residents set to receive cash rewards for recycling Residents set to receive cash rewards for recycling

A new campaign to reward residents with cash prizes for recycling has been unveiled. 

The community incentive scheme, supported by a government fund of £655,000, will run for three years across Merton in a bid to increase recycling performance rates.

Communities which show the biggest improvement will be rewarded with prize draws of £250 to £500 for individuals, and three community prizes ranging from £10,000 to £15,000 for the ward which sees the biggest improvement to go toward improvements such as new plants or shrubs.

Those living in flats will be able to compete with winning blocks receiving a reward chosen with the help of housing and residents associations.

Merton Council has estimated the scheme will help divert 12,733 tonnes of waste from landfill over five years, saving the council more than £1m in landfill tax.

Flats and houses in identified streets will have their recycling tonnage measured regularly over a specified period to decide the winner.

For more information visit merton.gov.uk/environment/recyclingwastemanagement

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3:45pm Wed 30 Jan 13

robmorleyuk says...

Congratulation to the Waste Management team for getting their foot in the door for levying penalties on poor recycling. There is always a balance of carrot and stick and the stick will be needed when the government fund is withdrawn.

How will areas that already recycle well fare on the improvement table ?

With projections for success at diverting a further 12,733 tonnes of waste from landfill over the next 5 years, saving £1m at the cost of £0.65m I hope there will be regular public reports on progress to target.
It would be terrible to invest this money on a guesstimate and only achieve half that amount.
Congratulation to the Waste Management team for getting their foot in the door for levying penalties on poor recycling. There is always a balance of carrot and stick and the stick will be needed when the government fund is withdrawn. How will areas that already recycle well fare on the improvement table ? With projections for success at diverting a further 12,733 tonnes of waste from landfill over the next 5 years, saving £1m at the cost of £0.65m I hope there will be regular public reports on progress to target. It would be terrible to invest this money on a guesstimate and only achieve half that amount. robmorleyuk

9:13am Thu 31 Jan 13

tjames says...

just more tax--£50 reduction band D 6 4 2014
just more tax--£50 reduction band D 6 4 2014 tjames

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