We’ve often asked the question; if you were offered rewards for it would you recycle more? More and more councils up and down the country are asking the same, as the UK moves towards a zero waste policy by 2020.

It was reported on letsrecycle.com recently, that the government has announced a £5 million recycling fund to local councils who make weekly collections available to their communities. The announcement was made by Secretary of State Eric Pickles, who said the government was showing its commitment to the recycling cause by effectively punishing “town hall bin barons who (push) through fortnightly bin collections and are now trying to move to monthly bin collections by stealth.”

Mr Pickles suggested that the funding could be used to finance recycling rewards schemes which the government believes “show how working families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish.”

Many local authorities have already rolled out recycling reward schemes, which are being met with success across the country.

Ealing council, in association with waste management organisation Greenredeem, launched out their own scheme back in April of this year. The scheme saw residents receive 10 points each week for recycling their waste. These points can then be exchanged for retail vouchers. Extra points can be awarded for things like registering online, and there’s even a bonus based on the total weight collected across the community.

All councils who hold weekly bin collections across England will be allowed to bid for a share of the £5 million, in order to launch their own rewards schemes, but bids must be made before the 7th of November, and the successful bids will be announced in January 2015.

The government’s announcement has poured fuel on the debate that is currently raging amongst councils engaged in fortnightly bin collections. Mr Pickles made no secret of the fact that he wanted to see all councils promoting weekly collections, and not being held to ransom by those in the council chambers.

He said, “it is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling.” Those at Ealing Council agree with the Communities Secretary.

Leader of Ealing Council Julian Bell told letsrecycle.com that recycling schemes are “a fantastic way for us as a council to reduce the amount of money we are spending on sending our waste to landfill, which is far more expensive than sending waste for recycling.”

It remains to be seen which councils will be successful in their bids, and which will create recycling schemes going into the new year. The question we’d like to ask though is whether recycling rewards would make you recycle more? Or is helping the environment reward enough?

Let us know in the comment box below, or send us a Facebook or Twitter message. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

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