Epping Forest residents donate £1,750 to local charities after coming top of the Recycling Rewards leader board.
Epping Forest Recycling Rewards
Residents living in 1,500 properties across selected blocks of purpose-built flats in Epping Forest compete against each other through Recycling Rewards by taking part in activities such as food waste challenge, recycling quiz and ‘right thing, right bin’.
The scheme aims to reduce contamination and improve the quality of recycling. In the first 2 years of the programme, an impressive 18,000 positive actions have been recorded as residents have been doing all they can to improve the quantity and quality of recycling.
Epping Forest Recycling Rewards is provided by Jump, in partnership with Epping Forest District Council, as the leading supplier of sustainability and wellbeing engagement programmes in the UK.
Each month the residents who earn the most ‘green points’ win a voucher for reducing, reusing and recycling as much as they can. Over the year, individual points all contribute to a community total, with the top scoring community winning the largest share of £1,750 to donate to local charity.
Recycling Rewards members voted for the charity they would like to support. Topping the leader boards for 2019 were:
- Waltham Abbey – £700 donated to Epping Forest Community Transport
- Loughton – £550 donated to the Epping Forest Food Bank
- Epping – £325 donated to Safer Places
- Buckhurst Hill – £175 donated to The Chigwell Riding Trust
Improving the quality of recycling
Councillor Nigel Avey, Contract and Technical Services portfolio holder presented the 4 charities with their donations said: “It’s great to see how residents in the selected blocks of flats are doing their bit to recycle more, as well as improving the quality of recycling by putting the right stuff in the right bin.”
“We’ve seen recycling rates increasing in Epping Forest, and it’s a real win-win to be generating donations for local causes whilst increasing the amount of recycled materials.”
A great way to get more people recycling
Tom Slade, from Waltham Abbey was one of the monthly voucher winners and has been taking part in Recycling Rewards since November 2017. He is pleased to see the impact of the scheme.
He said: “I’m a keen recycler and this scheme is a great way to get more people recycling across Epping Forest.”
Highest participation rates
Graham Simmonds, Chief Executive at Jump, said: “We’re really impressed by the response of residents in Epping Forest, and with more people than ever taking part, Epping Forest Recycling Rewards now has one of the highest participation rates in the country for this kind of scheme.”
Jump is the UK’s leading supplier of engagement programmes that boost sustainability and wellbeing. For more information about Jump, see www.teamjump.co.uk.
In the picture
In the image of the charity cheque donation are from left to right:
- Fran Maskell (Chairperson of Chigwell Riding Trust)
- Councillor Nigel Avey
- Tom Slade (previous Recycling Rewards voucher winner)
- Cara Watters (Project Coordinator at Jump)
- Heather Scholer (Project Manager at Epping Forest Food Bank)
- Bev Kruppa (Epping Forest Community Transport)
- Laura Ellery (previous Recycling Rewards voucher winner)
- Rachel Millar (Safer Places representative)
- David Marsh (Epping Forest District Council Waste and Recycling Manager)
- Graham Simmonds (Chief Executive at Jump)