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20Oct

Camden Recycling Rewards motivates residents to recycle 10% more than last year

Thanks to our Local Green Points scheme, Camden Recycling Rewards, residents in the London Borough of Camden are recycling 10% more of their household items that they did last year.

Since its launch in October 2016, the scheme has been rewarding residents in the London Borough of Camden for recycling more and producing less household waste. Residents are rewarded with Green Points for reporting their weekly recycling and taking part in online activities such as making the switch to using real nappies, or taking part in local reuse events and workshops.

Waste tonnages are also measured and points awarded to communities when the amount wasted decreases and the amount recycled increases.
 
Monthly voucher prizes are awarded to individuals who earn the most Green Points and just for signing up, every resident receives a discount card that they can use to redeem exclusive discounts and special offers at participating local businesses.
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10Oct

The hunt is on… for Warwickshire’s Recycling Champion of the Year

We’ve launched an exciting new contest for residents of Warwickshire County Council: Warwickshire’s Recycling Champion of the Year 2018. 

We’ve teamed up with Warwickshire Waste Partnership, to deliver the contest to residents in Warwickshire’s five districts and boroughs: Warwick, Stratford-on-Avon District, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, Rugby Borough and North Warwickshire Borough.
 
 
 
The contest will engage residents in recycling more of their everyday household items and will be a fantastic opportunity to recognise and reward local recycling champions. There are plenty of prizes up for grabs for top recyclers, including a two night staycation in the luxury Lady Craven Suite at the Coombe Abbey hotel, provided by Shakespeare’s En
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29Sep

Recycling is worth it – and we can all do our bit!

This year’s Recycle Week has been a fantastic reminder of how recycling really is worth it! Your everyday household items can come back around as brand new products…but only if you remember to recycle them.

With this is mind we’ve brought you some of our insights into what some of the most common recycling mistakes are and how you can avoid them! 

Bathroom Blunders

 

It turns out that while many of us are enthusiastic recyclers in the kitchen, our inner eco-warrior tends to disappear pretty quickly in the bathroom. According to a recent Recycle Now poll, almost 90% of people regularly recycle from the kitchen, but only 52% say they regularly recycle from the bathroom. Once we are separated from our kitchen recycling bins, laziness kicks in and we are much less likely to make the effort to carry o
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25Sep

Recycle Week 2017 is here!

This week sees the launch of Recycle Week 2017. The annual UK-wide campaign is taking place all week from Monday 25 September to Sunday 1 October.

This year’s theme ‘Recycling – it’s worth it!’ will use online videos and infographics to show the public that making the effort to recycle is environmentally and economically worth the time and effort.
 
The sub-theme ‘What goes around comes around’ will also be a core message being circulated in this week as part of the campaign, with videos featuring positive recycling feedback loops for everyday household items, from potatoes to shampoo bottles.
 
 
 
This year’s campaign will also raise awareness of items that can be recycled from all around the house, such as bathroom items which are often neglected. According to a recent Recycle Now poll, almost 90% of people claim to reg
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06Sep

Charities, Challenges and Recycling Champions – a summer update from the team at Local Green Points

It’s been a really busy summer for us here Local Green Points, with plenty of highlights to share with you -  including the launch of our Food Waste challenge, door to door campaigns, charity cheque presentations, and new partners we’re excited to start working with.

Here’s a quick summary of what we’ve been up to over the past few months…
 
The Food Waste Challenge is live!
 
Our Food Waste Challenge is well and truly launched! The London Borough of Havering and the Borough of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk are the first of our Local Green Points schemes to launch the innovative online platform, which asks residents to make pledges based on the five food waste ‘themes’ identified by WRAP and offers tools and guidance to help them cut down their food waste. The Food Waste Challenge will also be launching in the London Boroughs of Camden and Waltham For
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11Aug

How to improve Community Recycling Rates - Bradley’s guide to a successful Door to Door campaign

 

Door to door campaigns are an excellent way to launch a recycling campaign and deliver key information to hard to reach target audiences.
 
Here at Local Green Points we are no stranger to door to door engagement campaigns, having canvassed over 600,000 households to date for our council clients.
 
So what makes a door to door recycling campaign successful?
 
Our Community and Outreach Manager, Bradley, shares some of his top tips for running and managing a successful campaign:
 
1)      Determine your area
 
A successful door to door campaign has a well-established target area and a well-planned strategy for reaching all households. Route-planning beforehand is therefore essential and makes the job
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28Jul

The Community Reuse Revolution – a look at the community organisations helping us save money and prevent waste

A new house mate joined our flat last month, and among the belongings he brought with him was a Phillips sound system from the 70s. It had been his grandad’s, his dad’s and now it belongs to him – and it still works perfectly.

It got me thinking about the saying, ‘they don’t make ‘em like they used to!’ and maybe there’s some truth in that. Nowadays we only keep a mobile phone for 2 years until we discard it for an upgrade, we give up easily when a device runs slow or gets damaged and the average person buys 3 new gadgets every year.

Is it really that surprising that electronic items are becoming the fastest growing waste stream in the UK? Over 1 million tonnes of our gadgets get binned every year.
 
The problem with wasting electronic items is that they contain valuable metals as well as plastics and other materials. These can be recovered through the recycling process but only about 30%
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14Jul

Wasting clothes is out of Fashion – why more of us are recycling textiles

The nation’s habits are changing! WRAP’s new report, Valuing our Clothes: The Cost of UK Fashion shows that as a country we are now putting less clothing and textiles into residual waste, and finding ways to re-use and recycle textiles instead. The report revealed that since 2012, 50,000 tonnes fewer items of clothing have been disposed of in household bins.

Fantastic news! And here’s why it’s such a big deal:

The true cost of cheap clothes is felt by the planet
 
When it comes to clothes, our compulsion to buy cheap, break and then replace is actually a very costly process. Manufacturing clothes uses vast amounts of resources (it takes 1,800 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans!), not to mention the carbon emissions associated with the transport of these garments. WRAP estimates that extending the lifetime of 50% of UK clothing by nine months would save 8% carbon, 10% water and 4% waste, on a p
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30Jun

5 surprising ways to re-use glass jars

All the best things in life come in jars: peanut butter, Nutella, jam, olives, mayonnaise… the list goes on! But consuming these foods at the rate we do leave us with an awful lot of jars - with the average UK family getting through 500 glass bottles and jars annually. And while glass is a great sustainable material because it is 100% recyclable, we want to emphasise that sustainability is all about reducing, re-using and recycling in that order. So if, like me, you can’t bear the thought of reducing your peanut butter consumption, it’s time to get re-using! Here are some surprising, interesting and useful ways you can re-use your glass jars.

 
1.)    Re-use for other food storage
The first and most obvious way to re-use a jar is to store leftovers or other dry food. It’s a great substitute for harmful plastics and it looks so satisfying when you open your cupboards!
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16Jun

We’ve launched our new Food Waste Challenge!

You breader believe it! The Food Waste challenge is launching and rolling out across three London Boroughs this month – Havering, Kingston and Waltham Forest. Now you might think “that’s a bit munch”, “wheat’s in it for me?”, “I don’t carrot all”, or “I donut want to get involved”, but we think it’s incredibly eggciting and we’re looking forward to seeing some fantastic results in food waste reduction.

But  - puns aside -  food waste is a chronic issue in the UK, with 1 in 3 of us throwing away a banana with a minor bruise or black mark on the skin and households throwing away 40% of the bagged salad they buy every year. WRAP estimates that 4.2 tonnes of perishable food is wasted or lost each year – that’s as much as £700 a family.

Most of this waste stems from our mind-set when it comes to food. While it’s tempting to blame supermarkets, research h
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