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.”