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West Norfolk residents raise £3000 for local Charities

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Left-Right - Almaz Gaere (West Norfolk Recycling Rewards) David Shaw (West Norfolk mind) Debbie Crown (Scotty's Little Soldiers) Jessica Walker (The Norfolk Hospice) Councillor Ian Devereux (BCKLWN cabinet member for Environment) Left-Right - Almaz Gaere (West Norfolk Recycling Rewards) David Shaw (West Norfolk mind) Debbie Crown (Scotty's Little Soldiers) Jessica Walker (The Norfolk Hospice) Councillor Ian Devereux (BCKLWN cabinet member for Environment)

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards has awarded £3,000 to three local charities at an event attended by Councillor Ian Devereux. The scheme has been running for one year and this is the second time local charities have benefitted from the recycling efforts of local residents. 

Members of the scheme voted for their favourite local charities from a shortlist to receive the biggest share of the £3,000 donation fund. Norfolk Hospice won the top prize of £1,500 and the two runners up, West Norfolk Mind and Scotty’s Little Soldiers were both awarded £750 each.

West Norfolk Recycling Rewards launched to all households in the borough of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk in May 2016 and has since been successfully encouraging householders to recycle more and waste less. The scheme works by awarding residents with individual and community rewards for better recycling practises. The borough is split into five communities who compete against each other to earn the most Green Points for recycling more and wasting less, with the communities that earn the most Green Points every six months winning the biggest donations for the local charity most popular among their residents. The top three performing communities for this round of donations were West Norfolk Fens, West Norfolk Central and Southern & Downham Market. 

Councillor Ian Devereux, borough council cabinet member for Environment, presented the winning charities with their cheques. He commented “It’s fantastic that the West Norfolk Recycling Rewards scheme is motivating residents to recycle more, and provides support for local charities in the community at the same time. With over 3,700 households signed up, it’s great to see our residents really getting behind it.” 

David Shaw from West Norfolk Mind said “We want to thank everyone who voted for us, we really appreciate your efforts. These donations are vital to our work and will allow us to continue to provide resources for people with mental health issues and their family and friends.” 

The top performing individuals are also rewarded with vouchers prizes every month. All residents living in King’s Lynn & West Norfolk can sign up to Recycling Rewards for free at www.westnorfolk.localgreenpoints.com. The scheme is operated by the award-winning company, Local Green Points, on behalf of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

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