Havering residents who are part of the popular London Green Points – Havering waste minimisation scheme are being encouraged to spend or donate their ‘Green Points’ before the scheme comes to an end in October this year (2018).

The scheme was introduced to encourage recycling and minimise general waste to reduce the cost of disposing of household waste in the Borough – which costs the council around £16m a year, and can increase by up to £1m every year.

The scheme rewards residents with ‘Green Points’ for minimising the amount of waste they throw away and recycling more. These points can be either be spent in the Green Rewards eShop, on rewards such as an M&S voucher or can be donated to nine local charities in the Borough as well as to a Local Schools’ Fund. Residents who are members of the scheme also receive a discount card for taking part, which entitles them to unique offers and discounts at over 100 local businesses.

To spend or donate points residents need to log in to their account at www.localgreenpoints.com/havering or call 020 7326 5055 (Mon-Fri 9am – 5.30pm).

Since the scheme launched in January 2014, London Green Points – Havering has helped make the Borough greener and rewarded individuals and the local community for taking part. Thanks to the efforts of over 25,000 residents in the Borough who are signed up to the scheme, over £17,500 has been donated to 11 local charity partners. 121 local business partners are also signed up to the scheme, offering unique discounts to members and benefitting from increased spend in the local high street.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment said, “We are delighted with the results from the London Green Points scheme and the positive impact it has had on the local environment here in Havering, in particular with the charity donations.

“A big thank you and congratulations to all our residents who have taken part and for all they have achieved. Those residents are now being invited to spend their points on some well-deserved rewards from the online Green Rewards eShop or donate them to local charities who do fantastic work in our borough.”

Graham Simmonds, Managing Director at Local Green Points said, “It has been a pleasure working with Havering Council, using our innovative online solution to motivate residents to recycle more and reward them for doing so.  Our use of individual and community rewards with fun, useful home activities has proved extremely successful with our local authority partners to encourage recycling in their local area. We look forward to seeing the results from London Green Points – Havering when it comes to a close in October. Well done to everyone who has taken part.”

For more information about the waste minimisation initiatives offered to residents by the London Borough of Havering Waste and Recycling team visit: www.havering.gov.uk/wastereduction