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Recycling residents to be rewarded with green money

10 Dec 2013

Southbank residents are being offered the opportunity to earn ‘GreenMoney’ for recycling after the City of Melbourne initiated a trial focused on its high-rise apartment complexes.

The 12-month initiative encourages locals to recycle by offering the opportunity to earn points which can be used to claim discounts and special offers at selected retailers such as Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Theatre Company and Subway.

It’s the first trial of its kind in Victoria and Cr Arron Wood said the program was yet another example of the council being a world leader in environmental matters.

“The City of Melbourne is recognised as a global leader in sustainability and one of the reasons for this is our willingness to try innovative new solutions,” Cr Wood said.

The program lets locals earn points based on the weight of their recycling each month, with 100 points roughly equating to $10 worth of savings from participating businesses.

“One of the biggest challenges we face as a capital city council is the amount of landfill we produce, so we are always looking at new ways to reduce it and improve recycling,” Cr Wood explained.

He also said that there were added benefits on top of the obvious environmental implications.

“As well as promoting environmental responsibility, GreenMoney will support participating Southbank businesses by encouraging residents to spend their points locally.”

The program got underway in November and you can find out more or sign up online by visiting http://tinyurl.com/ml7l58x

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