Incentives/rewards for recycling and reducing litter

People tend to do more if there is a reward as the end goal.  Rather than penalizing people for littering, flip it on its head and offer incentives for good behavior towards reducing litter and increased recycling, some ideas could include:

A freeze or reduction on the annual council tax increase if the community pulls together to tackle litter and meet increased recycling targets.  This would encourage a united community approach as everyone would benefit and it would reduce the cost to the council of paying for organized clean ups/ litter enforcement.

TCBC working with Fast Food chains such as KFC/McDonalds and shops that sell take out drinks such as Costa and Greggs to encourage them to offer rewards for people who use re-useable cups.  For example a free coffee for 10 times a reusable cup is used.  This would significantly reduce waste and potential littering.

Working with the above companies to offer rewards such as a free meal item if people return take away packaging for recycling at their stores regularly.

Changing the rules for bulky household items at the recycle centre to reduce fly tipping.


Why the contribution is important

People tend to do more if there’s something in it for them.  On a wider scale if the whole community felt they were benefiting financially they may be more inclined to be more vigilant about litter and recycling.





by Lindsay on October 07, 2019 at 05:25AM

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  • Posted by tidytorfaen October 11, 2019 at 14:04

    I agree with most of this but think it's unlikely we can expect a reduction in council tax. Incentives from companies such as McDonalds and Costa would be a good way to encourage people to bring their own mugs and return paper and cardboard for recycling
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