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Schools encouraged to swap waste reduction points for money

Rewarding Redditch
At the end of June, the school with the most points will get the largest share of the money, but each school will get a share of the £2000 depending on the percentage of points they have accumulated.
Published Tuesday, 9th January 2018

Schools in Redditch have been invited to sign up to the Rewarding Redditch scheme in a bid to receive their share of £2,000.

Five schools have signed up to the waste reduction campaign with the aim of encouraging parents to donate the points they earn to the school giving the opportunity to purchase items for use in the school.

Parents and teachers at the schools can sign up to the Rewarding Redditch campaign and by undertaking activities such as reducing food waste, buying a compost bin or recycling they can earn points. 

These points can be swapped for vouchers, discounts at local or national stores or donated to the school. 

At the end of June, the school with the most points will get the largest share of the money, but each school will get a share of the £2000 depending on the percentage of points they have accumulated.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for the Environment, said: "The Rewarding Redditch campaign is encouraging the residents of the borough to think about their waste and how they can reduce it and in return they can benefit from a wide range of rewards.  Working with the schools is an excellent way of spreading the waste prevention messages and in return the schools can receive a share of £2,000. The more activities that are undertaken and points earned, the more parents can donate their points to the school".

Matthew Ball, Managing Director of Greenredeem who are running the Rewarding Redditch campaign on behalf of Worcestershire County Council, said: "We’re very excited to be launching a schools’ donation scheme through Greenredeem. Rewarding Redditch is all about community and creating a better environment for our children. We hope that by empowering residents of Redditch to make a financial contribution to their local school by taking an everyday green action will be very motivating and a win-win for the community".

The five schools that have signed up are; Matchborough First School; RSA Academy Arrow Vale; Tardebigge First School; Walkwood C of E Middle School and Webheath Academy Primary School. 

To sign up to the Rewarding Redditch campaign go to www.greenredeem.co.uk/redditch.  This campaign is a trial and is currently only open to residents of the borough of Redditch.

Should the trial be successful in reducing waste, the aim is to run it across the whole of Worcestershire.