Recycle Week is back for 2018!

Recycle Week’s annual campaign, organised by WRAP, will be running from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th September. This year marks the campaign's 15th year, and is set to be one to remember. Themed ‘Recycling. We do. Because it matters’, the campaign will be focusing on plastics, aiming to highlight the benefits of recycling and encourage people to recycle more. WRAP is calling on all organisations, businesses and individuals to get involved during the week. It’s a perfect opportunity for all our LGP residents to get on board and ramp up their recycling.

Take a look at the Recycle Week video and get inspired!

Why should you recycle?
Recycling is vital if we want to protect our environment for future generations to enjoy. Landfill is not a sustainable option for our waste disposal – it releases harmful chemicals into the environment, takes up a huge amount ...
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Over the last year, we’ve seen a shift in the news to a focus on waste, and rightly so. Our overconsumption of resources and throwaway culture has led us into a crisis – one that’s made of coffee cups, plastic bags and straws!

Plastic is a worsening environmental problem due to the material’s inability to decompose and its ever increasing presence in marine ecosystems. It’s poisoning our oceans, food and water supplies, and causing devastating impacts on wildlife as well as human wellbeing. We’re sure you’ve heard some shocking facts about plastic pollution, but did you know that nearly two million single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute? 
To raise awareness and encourage householders to minimise their waste, we saw last week’s international online campaign Zero Waste Week take off. With a global reach of 56 million, the ...
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What the hot weather means for your garden waste and why you should start recycling it again

After a baking hot few weeks, London’s green spaces haven’t been looking so green. With low levels of rainfall and the longest summer heatwave since 1976, gardens are looking scorched!

Garden waste volumes have decreased following the dry spell and we’ve heard from our local authority partners how tough the last few weeks have been for garden waste recycling. As the weather gets back to normal and your garden springs back into life, we want to remind you to recycle your garden waste by home composting or using a local authority garden waste collection service. To find out what services are available to you, please contact your local council.
To help the London Borough of Bexley reach their garden waste recycling targets, our Community and Outreach Team have been busy running a door to door engagement campaign in the borough. Our friendly door stepping team will be working hard for six weeks encouraging residents to sign up ...
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Where does your recycling really end up?

Yesterday, we heard concerns from the National Audit Office that a significant amount of items recycled in the UK could in fact end up in landfill abroad.

“Most people are unaware that most of our recycling goes abroad,” said Mary Creagh, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee of MPs.
In the UK we do not have the infrastructure to handle all our recycling so some of it is distributed to other countries to be treated. This means some of our recycling could end up in landfill without us knowing, but does not take away from the fact that a lot of recycling is still processed correctly overseas.    
It is also important to highlight that a lot of the UK’s recycling is in fact processed in the UK and that you can find out, through your local council where your recycling really ends up.
For example, in several London Boroughs, including Hackney, ...
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Will you have a Plastic-free July?

It’s summer and it’s definitely hot out there – which means lots of us will be sipping ice cold drinks through plastic straws, grabbing plastic bottles of cold water on the go and picking up disposable cutlery or items packaged in plastic for picnics outside.

In other words, there are a lot of single use plastic items that have become routine to use, but that you can easily take steps to avoid. This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of ending our reliance on plastics, which has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide today. Keep reading to find out what you can do to avoid plastics this July.  
Why refuse plastics?
Plastics do not ever fully biodegrade and as we’ve seen from documentaries such as Blue Planet II and media coverage of divers swimming in plastic polluted seas – this plastic is ...
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Local Green Points Spring Round Up

Summer is well and truly here, and we’ve had a very busy spring period with lots of exciting moments for our Local Green Points recycling rewards schemes. Keep reading to find out what the team has been up to:

Welcome, Becky!
Welcome to Becky, our new Customer Service Co-ordinator, who joined the team in May this year. We’re thrilled to have her, and delighted she can join us as we grow and expand in our work with local councils across the UK.
Warwickshire County Council renews Slim Your Bin Contract
Residents in Warwickshire’s five districts and boroughs will be able to keep ...
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Dottie Allan of Green Rewards receives 35 Under 35 Award

Dottie Allan, Client Services Manager at Green Rewards has been announced as one of the winners of the 35 Under 35 awards programme.

35 Under 35 is an awards programme, organised by in partnership with Grundon, which identifies the ‘young guns’ in the sector who are striving for professional excellence, promoting industry innovation and giving back to their company, local authority or community.

Dottie’s work on Green Rewards’ engagement programmes to encourage recycling and her voluntary work with the People’s Fridge in her local community to tackle food waste and food poverty set her apart from her peers in the industry and secured her spot on the 35 under 35 list.
Speaking of the achievement, Dottie said: “I’m delighted that my work to reduce waste and encourage recycling around the UK and in my local community has been recognised with 35 under 35 status. I’ve been ...
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Green Rewards Insight Seminar on Practical Engagement in Sustainability and Wellbeing

On May 10th 2018, Green Rewards will host its annual insight seminar at the iconic October Gallery near London’s Russel Square. The event will host a range of speakers, broken into two panel discussions and will end with a launch of Green Rewards’ new global product, followed by drinks and canapés.

The first panel will be chaired by Amanda Carpenter from the Legal Sustainability Alliance and will discuss “Building the business case for engagement”. Provisional speakers include representatives from Barclays, the University of Strathclyde and the London Borough of Bexley.
The second panel will be chaired by Henry Majed from the Innovation Gateway and will focus on “Exploiting technology to embed behaviour change”. Speakers include Mike Lynch from RBS, who will discuss how RBS tackled plastic waste and encouraged colleagues to reduce their plastic use through JUMP, including ...
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What does a plastic-free life like look like?

If the latte levy got you ruffled enough to swap to a keep cup and the ban on microbeadsmade you think twice about the kinds of cosmetics you are using then you will know by now that it’s a challenge to lead a completely plastic-free life.

Here at Local Green Points, our philosophy is that the cumulative impact of individual actions can have a significant impact. So if like many environmental groups, you think the Government’s 25 year environmental plan lacks the urgency to tackle the plastics problem, then there’s a lot you can do at an individual level to generate change.
Here are some day-to-day steps you can take to make plastic free life a little easier:
The Last Straw
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Don’t dump! – How to Have a Zero-Waste Spring Clean

Finally, spring has finally sprung! Now the long, cold winter is over it’s time to emerge from your duvets, woolly scarves and hats and instead get out in your garden or start the inevitable spring clean out

It’s out with the old and in with the new, which is great for a fresh start, but not so great for our rubbish bins or our bank accounts. To avoid creating piles of avoidable waste or splashing out on a brand new wardrobe, garden or house makeover, make sure to follow our top tips for a zero waste Spring Clean:

1)      Clothes
Clothes should never end up in your rubbish bin! If you find yourself with clothes or textiles you no longer want, you can donate them to charity, swap with a friend, or - if they can’t be worn - recycle them. You even make some extra cash by selling your clothes at a local car boot sale, or save money by repairing your old clothes instead of buying brand new ones. ...
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