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London borough awards first Green Points

A council’s new recycling incentive scheme has shown “early signs of improvement in reducing waste”.

The Local Green Points initiative was launched in Bexley in October in an attempt to encourage residents to recycle more.

Under the scheme, which was developed by the Local Green Points company, residents are awarded points based on the amount of waste the community as a whole produces. Households do not have their waste weighed individually.

The first phase of the scheme focused on 2,000 flats in East Thamesmead. Residents in that area that signed up have now been given 1,000 green points each, with the equivalent value of £2.50.

Three local charities have also been given points worth £250 each.

The council said weekly “spot checks” have shown signs that residual waste has been reduced and recycling is on the up.

Gareth Bacon, Bexley’s cabinet member for environment, said: “Already 25% of households in the phase 1 area have activated their accounts and with 30 local retailers signed up too, we’re off to a flying start.”

Local resident Katrina O’Connell said: “Living in a tower block means I have to take my recycling down to the communal bins in the street outside, but once you’re in the habit it’s really not difficult.”

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