Make money from recycling

Whilst you can earn over £200 to recycle your mobile phone with, you can also earn up to £150 this year by simply recycling your garbage using a plan compiled to compensate those who sort the rubbish into the right bin.

The bins, which have been fitted out with microchips, are automatically weighed and scanned when they are gathered by the refuse lorries.

Rewards will be based on the weight of the recyclables gathered from each house, and councils will issue the reward. Dagenham, East London is a major location where some of the plastics will be sent to be recycled. Vouchers for local shops will be the awarded first, later, discounts on council tax bills and even cash rewards may be given.

In order to stop fraud, councils will check bins periodically. This should stop residents from trying to cheat the system by putting heavy things that can’t be recycled into their bins. A warning letter will be sent for offenders, but people who continue to break the law, can be fined or lose their chance to earn vouchers. Here are some related links.

Green thinking is rewarded with a loyalty card for those turning garbage into money. Recycling amounts and rewards can be seen online by residents. Covering up to 100,000 households in its opening rally, the plan will be implemented in several London boroughs next year.  Nationwide schemes for other recycling opportunities such as recycling mobile phones are now commonplace.

Currently, six boroughs interested in participating with the trials are speaking with London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson. It is his thought that rewarding recycling will be far more productive than using fines to reduce the waste going to landfills.

Unfortunately, Britain ranks among the worst household recyclers in all of Europe, although from many recycling initiatives such as mobile phone recycling, we are getting there. Though more than sixty percent of garbage could be recycled, only about twenty-one percent is recycled in London. If you are considering recycling your mobile phone, over 80% of the components can often be recycled.

The mayor’s environmental strategy, Leading to a Greener London, states: “The typical financial benefit to households in London could be about £14 a month, assuming they recycle an additional 100-200kg a year.”

According to Isabel Dedring, Environmental Advisor to the mayor, voucher would be given by retailers and other local businesses, which would benefit from increased sales.

She also said councils would be likely to share some of the money they will save from sending less trash to the landfills. The current landfill tax of £40 a tonne will be raised to £48 a tonne in the next year.

Residents who fail to recycle in some areas, including the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, are threatened with fines.

A more effective means, according to Ms. Dedring, of getting people to recycle, is to reward good behavior. She went on to say, “If the carrot works there will be no need for a stick.”  Those boroughs chosen to participate in the trials will probably be in Outer London, though Ms. Dedring did not name the exact boroughs who are interested.

The boroughs in Outer London have a higher ratio of homes with their own recycling bins. Most people in London share recycling boxes because they live in flats.  A special plan is being devised for flat dwellers so that they can still share bins, but also share the rewards that come from recycling.

Every time a resident of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead leaves out their garden waste recycling bin, they get points which can be turned into retail vouchers. This started last month. Even though the points aren’t awarded according to how much is recycled, the total amount of garden waste recycled has grown by an incredible amount.

Mr. Johnson would also like to give subsidies to those who plant roof-top gardens and increase the number of trees on city streets by 10,000 before 2012.  These steps should help combat the “urban heat island” where cities are several degrees warmer than places around them because the buildings take in and release heat.

Climate projections, according to Ms. Dedring, suggest that London could see average summer temperatures rise by 3.9 degrees Celsius by the year 2080, and that the hottest days could warm by six to ten degrees Celsius.

Adding a mere ten percent of city greenery could negate the higher temperatures, according to a study from Manchester.  By the year 2025, the mayor’s environmental plan wants to increase the capital’s trees by five percent. That’s two million more trees.

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