Residents who have signed up for Havering’s London Green Points scheme will now be able to spend their Green Points earnt through reducing, reusing and recycling on swim vouchers – and more – at their local leisure centres.

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To mark the launch of swims for points, Councillor Robert Benham and Councillor Melvin Wallace, along with Graham Simmonds from Local Green Points visited the Everyone Active Leisure Centre in Hornchurch.

The London Green Points – Havering scheme, which launched in January 2014, now has almost 25,000 members and enables residents to earn Green Points for their waste reduction and recycling efforts. Waste and recycling are measured across eight different communities in order to determine the number of Green Points to award to each household.

Residents then have the opportunity to spend their Green Points on over 1,000 sustainable products in the Green Rewards eShop, donate them to one of 10 local community projects in Havering or they can spend them on activities at Havering’s three local leisure centres.

An adult swim at one of the three Everyone Active leisure centres in Havering can be purchased for 1,520 Green Points with a child swim costing just 1,120 Green Points. Residents will also be able to redeem 3,200 Green Points for a game of squash at one of the leisure centres – simply spend your Green Points in the scheme’s online reward shop and take your order confirmation along to one of the three Everyone Active leisure centres below. Residents are able to mix their points with cash if they haven’t got enough Green Points to cover the cost in full.

Residents will be able to redeem their swim at: Central Park Leisure Centre, Harold Hill, RM3 9LB; Chafford Sports Complex, Rainham, RM13 9DX; and Hornchurch Sports Centre, Hornchurch, RM11 1JU.

Everyone Active says of the partnership with London Green Points – Havering: “This is an exciting opportunity to get more people using their local leisure centres, all people have to do is reduce the amount they throw away and recycle more and they can earn enough Green Points to effectively swim for free”.

Councillor Robert Benham, Cabinet Member for the Environment, says: “The Green Points scheme has been a hit with Havering residents, but now that swims are included, people can get fit, have fun and help the environment all at the same time.”

Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Local Green Points sees the addition of these products as adding even more value to the scheme for the residents who participate. He said: “We think that the way to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle more is to offer them something that is a real-value, attractive reward. We’ve already had some great feedback from residents who love the idea of spending their points on swims and we’re confident it’s going to be very popular.”

Residents can also earn Green Points in other ways. Ordering a free compost bin from www.havering.getcomposting.com will earn 1,200 Green Points, whilst attending either a free cookery workshop (details at www.havering.gov.uk/lovefood) or donating at a give and take day (detail at www.havering.gov.uk/giveandtake) will earn 800 Green Points. There are also 800 Green Points available to anyone who redeems a Real Nappy voucher (details at www.havering.gov.uk/realnappies).

From April 2015 members of the scheme can earn an additional 1,200 Green Points for taking a photo of themselves whilst using a bring bank. Simply take your recyclable items (including textiles, glass, paper, plastic bottles, tins and cans) to any bring bank, snap a selfie and either tweet it to @RecycleLBH using #greenpoints or post it on the Havering Waste Prevention Facebook page.

All households in the Borough can sign up for the free scheme by calling 0207 326 5055 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5:30pm) or emailing info@localgreenpoints.com.