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Kingston kicks off food waste challenge for flats

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Kingston Council has launched a new initiative to encourage residents living in purpose-built flats to reduce their food waste and be in with a chance to win prizes.

The food waste challenge will see participants pledge to reduce food waste by storing food correctly, understanding date labels, practicing portion control, planning meals and making use of leftovers.

For every week residents stick to their pledge, they’ll earn green points. Those taking part will then be in with a chance to win monthly cash prizes and help decide which local charities win a share of a £4,750 donation.

Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainable Transport at Kingston Council, said: 

“We’ve launched this challenge as part of the successful Recycling Rewards scheme, which looks to reduce waste across the borough. 2,800 residents in Kingston have already signed up and we’re keen to see even more local people take part, pledge to reduce food waste and save themselves money in the process.”

Graham Simmonds, Managing Director of Local Green Points said: 

“We’re pleased to be working with Kingston Council to help them motivate residents living in purpose built flats to reduce the amount of food they waste. We’ve found our Food Waste Challenge provides a fresh and fun opportunity for residents to learn more about the environmental issues and financial costs associated with wasted food.”

It’s free and easy to sign up at www.kingston.localgreenpoints.com or by calling 020 7326 5055 (Mon to Fri, 9am to 5.30pm). Members of Kingston Recycling Rewards also receive a discount card that entitles them to special discounts and offers from over 80 local businesses.

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Each month the top two points earners from each of Kingston’s four neighbourhoods will be awarded up to £25 in shopping vouchers from a choice of M&S, Love2Shop, Odeon Cinema, and B&Q.

For more information on Green Rewards or the food waste challenge, contact Almaz Gaere at Local Green Points on a.gaere@localgreenpoints.com or call 020 7326 5055.

About Local Green Points

Local Green Points is an LLP company backed by Green Rewards, the UK’s leading supplier of sustainable rewards programmes. The company provides a range of services to local authorities that encourage waste reduction, recycling and reuse, and its local authority clients include 14 London Boroughs (e.g. Kingston, Camden, Westminster), Coventry City Council, St Helens Council, Warwickshire County Council and many more. Its parent company, Green Rewards, operates the workplace sustainability programme, JUMP, and its clients include RBS and Swansea University.  

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