Food waste recycling cash incentive in Milton Keynes

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Parish, town and community councils can now ‘earn’ cash incentives to spend in their areas if there is an increase in food waste recycling (green bin) in their area.

This money can be spent on anything they like so long as it is spent within their community. This could be on a community event, new benches or sports equipment for the local school or team.

The initiative is called ‘Recycle & Reward’ and is being run by Milton Keynes Council to encourage and educate local residents to recycle more food waste.

The council has been given a grant from central government to run the new scheme that incentivises people to recycle more food waste.

The scheme is being launched next Saturday (November 26) and each participating parish, town or community council will be provided with an information pack to help residents recycle more food waste.

During the campaign the amount of green bin waste collected in each participating area every month will be weighed and recorded. The amount of money received at the end of the campaign will be linked to the increase in food waste recycled.

Local councils get a cash reward just for signing up to the scheme and will receive a bonus if there is an increase in food waste recycled.

Cash awards will be presented to the local council in May 2017.

Parish, town and community councils who have signed up to the scheme so far are:

Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council

Bow Brickhill Parish Council

Campbell Park Parish Council

Emberton Parish Council

Newport Pagnell Town Council

Shenley Brook End & Tattenhoe Parish Council

Simpson & Ashland Parish Council

Stantonbury Parish Council

Shenley Church End Parish Council

Walton Community Council

West Bletchley Council

Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council

Woburn Sands Town Council

“This is a great initiative to start food waste recycling and gain some cash to spend in your local community at the same time!” said Cllr Martin Gowans, cabinet member for waste & recycling.

“Recycling food waste is easy – you can use the silver caddy in the kitchen and when it’s full just empty it out into your green bin.”