Residents across Havering have started being rewarded for wasting less and recycling more through the London Green Points’ Havering scheme, with 25 percent of households in the borough now signed-up.
Residents start to earn Green Points for reducing waste and increasing recycling. The levels of waste and recycling collected in the Borough are measured, with kerbside collections, bring bank tonnages and levels of recycling being taken to Gerpins Lane all analysed to determine how many Green Points households earn.
This number is based on the waste and recycling levels in eight “communities” across the borough, with each household awarded points equally. Points are awarded every three months, with monthly newsletters sent out to keep residents up-to-date.
The points residents earn can be used to purchase over 1,000 products from an online store, including iTunes vouchers and M&S vouchers as well as swims at Everyone Active leisure centres in Havering.
Angela Dyos (pictured) – “As keen gardeners we also took advantage of the free compost bin and kitchen caddy so that we can use our food waste to grow our veggies! We’re planning to donate the points we earn through recycling to the Thames Chase Trust”
Green Points can also be donated to one of nine local community projects in the borough: the Thames Chase Trust, Havering Mind, the Havering Family Diabetes Group, the St. Francis Hospice, the 7th Hornchurch Scout Group, Friends of Bedfords Park, Harold Hill Foodbank, Motorvations and Friends of Cottons Park, as well as a Local Schools Fund.
Angela Dyos, a member of the scheme from Upminster, said: “London Green Points – Havering is a great way to encourage us all to be more environmentally friendly, which is why I signed-up. As keen gardeners we also took advantage of the free compost bin and kitchen caddy so that we can use our food waste to grow our veggies! We’re planning to donate the points we earn through recycling to the Thames Chase Trust.”
Currently, residents can also be awarded 1,200 Green Points when they purchase a free compost bin and kitchen caddy from www.havering.getcomposting.com. A postage fee of £5.99 applies and points will be added to residents’ accounts within 28 days.
Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “It’s great to see so many Havering residents getting involved. The more people who sign up and start reducing the amount they throw away, the greater the impact the scheme will have, so to reach a 25 per cent sign-up rate within six months of our launch is fantastic.”
For more information about the London Green Points – Havering scheme and to activate your account, visit www.localgreenpoints.com/havering