Recycling scheme earns £12,000 for local charities

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards recipients after being with presented with cash for their community projects at Kings Lynn Town Hall. Pictured left to right, Graham Simmonds M.D of Local Green Points, Sue Payne, Dersingham Village Centre, John Eastgate, Wereham Village Hall, Mayor Carol Bower, Borough Council leader Brian Long, Sue Askew, Marshland Hall. and councillor Ian Devereux. Photo : Steve Adams
Local charities in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk have received £12,000 worth of donations over the last two years, on behalf of residents who recycle and are part of the Local Green Points recycling rewards scheme.

The two-year scheme, known as West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, encouraged residents to recycle more and rewarded them for their efforts with individual and community prizes. Every month, the residents who recycled the most and took part in waste minimisation activities on the online platform or mobile app were rewarded with vouchers for local leisure attractions as well as popular high street brands, such as M&S and National Garden Gift Vouchers. Each year, the top performing communities were rewarded with £6,000 to donate to their favourite local charities or community projects.

The scheme succeeded in helping residents support very local good causes, and the final round of donations have been awarded to Marshland Hall, Dersingham Community Centre and Wereham Village Hall, at an event hosted by Mayor Carol Bower. Marshland Hall received the top prize of £3,000 and the other causes each picked up £1,500.

recycle plastic bottles photo: cARTerARTSue Askew from Marshland Hall said, ‘It’s fantastic that this scheme can help our Hall and encourage recycling in the local area! I am really pleased to be representing Marshland Hall to collect this valued donation, we are grateful for every vote we received from residents of the area. We want to use our donation to turn Marshland Hall into a central hub for everyone in the village to meet, so we can bring our community together. Now we can equip the tea room with a refrigerator, hot beverage machine, new tables and chairs and a counter for serving our splendid homemade cakes.”

Mayor Carol Bower said “Over 5,300 households signed up to West Norfolk Recycling Rewards, which has allowed us to achieve some fantastic results. We’d like to extend our thanks and congratulations to all those who took part. Your small, everyday actions have had a mighty, cumulative impact, on both the environment and the local community.”

Since West Norfolk Recycling Rewards launched in May 2016, the scheme has achieved some fantastic results, including boosting recycling in the Borough, increasing the amount of plastic collected for recycling and providing rewards for committed recycling champions and community projects in the local area. £10,500 worth of vouchers have been awarded to local residents and £12,000 has been donated to local charities.

The scheme has also helped to increase the amount of food waste collected for recycling. This is a significant achievement, helped by the scheme’s Food Waste Challenge, which launched in July 2017 to encourage residents to waste less food and recycle their food waste.

About Local Green Points:

Local Green Points is an LLP company backed by Green Rewards, the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable rewards programmes. The Company provides a range of services to local authorities that encourage waste reduction, recycling and reuse, and its local authority clients include the London Borough of Hackney, London Borough of Camden, London Borough of Bexley, The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Coventry City Council, St Helens Council, Westminster City Council and many more. Its parent company, Green Rewards, operates the workplace sustainability programme, JUMP, and its clients include RBS and Swansea University.