UK recycling incentives fund increases by €8.4 million

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London, UK — Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has announced the projects which will receive additional government funding to help families recycle without facing the threat of unfair bin fines or cuts to bin collection services. Due to the overwhelming popularity of the scheme, the initial £5 million fund has been increased by a further £6.1 million (€8.4m) bringing the total amount of government money for this round of reward schemes to £11.1 million (€15,3m).

The extra funding will help councils with weekly collections increase recycling rates through incentives, which will divert an estimated 250,000 tonnes of waste from landfill or incineration. The move comes as the Deregulation Bill reaches its final stages in Parliament, and is set to abolish the powers that hit households with unfair bin fines for breaching complex and arbitrary waste rules.

Funding will go to 46 projects

Notable projects include a plan in Dover and Shepway to introduce a ‚reverse vending machine‘ that will distribute rewards in exchange for recycling, while residents of 4 London boroughs (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, and Wandsworth) stand the chance to win a £20,000 prize.

Funding will go to 46 projects across 60 council areas, presenting a wide range of methods including partnership working with parishes, schools, and community and faith groups. Some families will receive incentives for bringing materials not recycled at the kerbside to recycling banks and there will be more of a focus on flats and other areas, which have traditionally had poor recycling rates.

An alternative to town hall bin barons

Eric Pickles said: „It is a myth that fortnightly bin collections or unfair bin fines are needed to increase recycling. Rewards for recycling show how working with families can deliver environmental benefits without the draconian approach of punishing people and leaving out smelly rubbish. This government is protecting the local environment by supporting recycling, as well as championing weekly collections which protect local amenity and public health.“

And he added: „There is an alternative to the town hall bin barons who pushed through fortnightly bin collections and are now trying to move to monthly bin collections by stealth, which is why we have ushered in a new era where families are rewarded for doing the right thing rather than being bullied into it.“

The full list of projects being funded can be downloaded from

Source: Department for Communities and Local Government