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DCLG announces Recycling Reward Scheme winners

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced which English local councils were successful in their bid to participate in the Recycling Reward Scheme.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles announced the scheme last year with the creation of a £5m fund to boost recycling incentive programmes for residents of councils that offer weekly household collections.

Now an additional £6.1m of funding is being made available to successful bidders, bringing the total to £11.1m.

Bids were received from 73 local authorities to acquire a proportion of the fund, 27 of which were unsuccessful.

Nearly four million households will be able to participate in some form of recycling reward scheme.

The 46 bids present a number of methods for increasing recycling and/or reducing residual waste such as:

  • encouraging residents to bring materials not recycled at the kerbside to recycling banks
  • the involvement of community groups and faith organisations
  • a focus on flats or areas with poor recycling rates

Successful councils will receive 55% of their total bid in 2014-15 (£6.1m) and 45% in 2015-16 (£5m).

The winning bids were those that scored best against the scheme’s five main criteria:

  • a commitment to provide some form of weekly waste collection
  • an improvement in either increased recyclate collected, reduced contamination or waste diverted from landfill
  • the feasibility of the bid against a range of criteria such as monitoring and evaluation and targets
  • cost effectiveness
  • deliverability

Greenredeem, which works with a number of councils to reward residents for recycling, said the funding had come at a “critical time”.

Rob Crumbie, director of marketing and communication, said: “We are buoyed by the fact that, having seen the appetite among local authorities to kick-start stagnating recycling rates, the DCLG has more than doubled the funding available. 

“Across our partners we have seen the amount of kerbside dry recycling collected increase three times faster than the rest of England. This has all been achieved at a time when local authority recycling rates across England have flatlined.

“This significant upsurge in funding has come at a critical time. Many local authorities across England are now empowered to make a genuine impact on recycling rates and make a lasting, positive change.”

Pickles said: “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.”

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