04:30PM, Sunday 16 November 2014
A national award has been won by the Royal Borough for its use of recycling to support good causes.
The borough and partner Greenredeem scooped the recycling registration service community champion award at the CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management) UK Sustainability and Resource Industry Awards in London on Thursday, November 6.
They were recognised for their community donations initiative, where recycling points can be used to fund local projects.
The initiative, set up in December 2013, allows residents to get involved and decide how and where their money is spent.
Greenredeem members are able to donate their recycling points to groups nominated for funding in the neighbourhood budget scheme, which encourages people to vote online for their favourites to win council cash.
Since the launch, 29 projects have received a £1,000 cash boost from recycling points for their community work including Bray and Holyport Scouts.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: "We are thrilled to have won this award.
"The initiative allows residents to use their recycling points for local good causes and highlights the strength of recycling in the borough.
"Both the neighbourhood budget and Greenredeem schemes have allowed residents to make their own choices on how their money is spent and we would like to thank residents for their generosity and donating their points."
Rob Crumbie, director of marketing and communications at Greenredeem, said the award is a 'real indication of partnership work' for the community donations programme launched 11 months ago.
"We know how valuable these donations are to local causes and their work in the community," he added.
Visit greenredeem.co.uk for details.
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