Tories plan vouchers to reward people who recycle more waste

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recycling logoWell, I was quite excited about this until I read down further to see that vouchers could be redeemable at restaurants, such as local curry houses. Restaurants have to be one of the biggest wasters of food in the country! Plus, I have no desire to spend my well earned vouchers eating out; it’s not something I choose to do as a ‘reward’ for myself……..

Allegra Stratton, political correspondent for The Guardian, Wednesday July 9, 2008

Households will be rewarded by a Conservative government for recycling waste with vouchers worth up to £360 a year, the shadow chancellor, George Osborne, will say tonight. In a speech to the Green Alliance sustainable development body, Osborne will outline plans to bring to the UK an American recycling scheme that would reward people for recycling.

Recycle Bank works with over 500 cities and community groups in America, reducing the amount local government pays in landfill tax by rewarding households for recycling. Some of the money saved goes back to the household in points notched up on a electronic card which can then be redeemed at local stores, and is worth on average $50 a month, according to the Conservatives. Read more

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I am a long time supporter of the Green and Sustainable lifestyle. After being caught in the Boscastle floods in 2004, our family begun a journey to respect and promote the importance of Earth's fragile ecosystem, that focussed on reducing waste. Inspired by the beauty and resourcefulness of this wonderful planet, I have published numerous magazine articles on green issues and the author of four books.

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  1. Mr Green says:

    Well, the idea is cooking nicely, but somewhat half-baked so far! The idea of vouchers for reducing landfill waste is good, but they should be redeemed against your council tax bill, once a year. That way, we get to choose how we make the saving and not coerced into yet more consumerism in the local curry house! Keep going George Osborne, you’ll get there.

  2. This story is very interesting and is one that I commented on on Three Counties Radio this morning. It’s always good news to introduce schemes, but we mustn’t forget who creates the need for a lot of the stuff that needs to be recycled…i.e.the manufacturers. Also, it’s not a “one-size-fits-all” solution. Some people are not motivated by financial incentives and others don’t have access to the recycling facilities required. But as Mr Green says, we’ll get there, especially if people start choosing zero waste products, companies use materials that can always be recycled, local authorities make available the right facilities, the technology is available for processing the materials and consumers are motivated to do their bit.
    LOL…doesn’t sound like a big job at all, does it ;-D

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