Green scheme gets the green light

St Helens Council’s Recycling Rewards scheme is officially up and running – with top town centre retailers signing up to play their part!

Leading stores Tyrers and Jones & Hoffman have announced they will be part of the voucher and incentive scheme run by Local Green Points – a
specialist provider of services for local authorities focused on waste and
recycling.

Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Local Green Points, said: “We’re really excited to be working with St Helens Council on Recycling Rewards.

It gives residents the chance to earn some great prizes – with 32 residents
each month winning £50 and £25 vouchers for their recycling efforts, plus
raising much-needed funds for local charities.

“This mix of personal and community rewards is really going to motivate
residents to recycle more and I’m looking forward to seeing even more food, paper, glass and other materials being sent for recycling.”

Funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government, Recycling Rewards will allocate prizes based on the amount of material we recycle both individually and collectively.

Welcome packs are now arriving through letterboxes with details of how to
activate your account – and containing a card that entitles holders to
exclusive offers and discounts from local businesses. Winners can select
Tyrers vouchers if they are among the winners, while Jones & Hoffman is
offering ten per cent off purchases and free jewellery cleaning (maximum
five items).

The scheme is being run on a ward-by-ward basis – the same areas we use for local voting – with reward points given to residents based on their
individual and community’s improved performance.

Each month, the top performing recycler and runner up in their community
will win £50 and £25 respectively to spend on a choice of vouchers –
including Marks and Spencer and iTunes products, family experiences or
local charity donations.

Charities will also be among the winners – with all ‘activated’ members of
the recycling scheme able to vote for the good causes they’d like to see
get a share of £10,000 at the end of the scheme.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Green Smart and Sustainable Borough, Councillor Seve Gomez Aspron said: “We’re all aware of the need to recycle what rubbish we can – and reduce our impact on the environment.

“Across the borough we recycle 42 per cent of our waste – an achievement to be proud of – but there’s still much more we can do to reach the 50 per cent target.

“The more you reduce, reuse and recycle – the better chance you have of
winning rewards for yourself and for local charities like HoneyRose
Foundation, the Steve Prescott Foundation, the Hope Centre and Willowbrook Hospice.”