Recyclers to be rewarded with shopping vouchers

Eric Pickles has announced a £5million fund for councils to reward people for recycling.

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Rewards for recycling your rubbish

You could get shopping vouchers for recycling your rubbish Credit: PA

Tens of thousands of households will be given shopping vouchers if they recycle more under a £5 million fund to promote weekly bin collections.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles says that people should be rewarded for recycling more instead of being punished with "draconian" fines.

He highlighted a successful pilot scheme in Windsor where the council weighs each household's recycling and rewards them with vouchers for national and local retailers worth up to £135 a year.

It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This Government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health. Councils with fortnightly collections will not receive government funding and are short-changing their residents with an inferior service.

– Eric Pickles MP, Communities and Local Government Secretary
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