Recycling rewards cash in for good causes

28 April 2014

Start turning your recycling rewards points into cash for good causes from 1 May.

Thanks to everyone who nominated local good causes to benefit from a cash donation from Bracknell Forest Council's successful recycling rewards scheme.

The three projects, which will each get a slice of a £1,000 fund provided by the council's waste and recycling team and partners SITA UK, are:

  • The Social Justice Department at the Kerith Community Church
  • Priestwood Tea Break
  • The Brakenhale School

If you're a member of our recycling rewards scheme, you can start donating some or all of your reward points to these fantastic projects online from 1 May until 31 July. Just log into your e+ account and a link will take you to the special donations page.

The Social Justice department at Kerith Community Church has a variety of projects in the Bracknell Forest area including respite care for children with special needs, free debt advice, support and advice for single parent families and a food bank.

Priestwood Tea Break helps retired people get out and about, especially those who live on their own. The money would be used to help fund a day trip which the members would not normally be able to afford.

The Brakenhale School is looking to buy big recycling bins for classrooms. They have been piloted in the ICT department and have successfully increased the amount of waste recycled by students and staff.

After the donation period ends, the points total will be recorded and the £1,000 will be split between the three causes. The funds will be awarded in proportion to the points donated to each good cause.

In this case, points don’t mean pounds, points mean a percentage of the £1,000 pot.

Cllr Dorothy Hayes, Bracknell Forest Council's executive member for the environment, said: "We're really delighted with the response we had from members of our community nominating worthy projects.

"The good causes which have been drawn at random for this first round of donations are all very deserving.

"So all that remains is for our brilliant recycling rewards scheme members to donate any unwanted or unused points. It couldn't be easier to do it online."

If you're not yet a member, you can find out how to join the scheme and start collecting recycling points to claim free Coral Reef swims, South Hill Park theatre tickets and much more.

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