Charities have welcomed donations totalling £650 raised by people who were rewarded for their recycling efforts.

Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green, Branches homeless hostel in Walthamstow, and Mind Waltham Forest each received a share of the donations from households across the borough.

The Waltham Forest Recycling Rewards scheme aims to motivate and reward people living in purpose-built flats for recycling household items and reducing the amount they throw in the bin.

Now in its second year, the initiative run by engagement specialists Local Green Points has seen over 3,200 residents take part.

Using the web-based platform and app, those looking to make their homes greener can log in to their account and spend their points in the eShop on over 1,000 sustainable products, or on retail vouchers.

Alternatively, users have the option to donate as much or as little of their green points to local charities, allowing them to have a wider positive impact in the borough.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest Council, said “It is really rewarding for residents taking part to see their recycling efforts having a wider positive impact.

“As well as boosting sustainability and minimising waste in Waltham Forest, it is a chance for people to give back to the community.”

To find out more about the scheme, call 020 7326 5055.