Recycling rewards get a London airing

The London Assembly’s environment committee finds it hard to choose betweenrecycling reward schemes and compulsory recycling in its latest report. Meanwhile, the London Borough of Lambeth is opening its own Recyclebank scheme for flat dwellers.

In its latest recycling investigation, Carrots and Sticks, the London Assembly's environment committee concludes: “Evidence shows that [both types of] schemes have helped boost recycling rates. But the schemes were introduced alongside service changes… so it is hard to untangle the impact of the component parts.”

It examines the results of Recyclebank schemes in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and in Halton, where residents receive points and rewards for recycling, from the scheme operator, a US company (ENDS Report 429, October 2010).

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