More than 13,000 Blacktown City households are turning trash into treasure, thanks to Council’s GreenMoney initiative.
Dennis Copp of Mount Druitt became the lucky 10,000th person to participate in the GreenMoney challenge, which rewards households for helping the environment with points or ‘green money’ that can be redeemed at local businesses.
To celebrate the milestone, Mayor of Blacktown City Stephen Bali presented Mr Copp with an organic vegetable hamper from reward partner Ooooby (online organic groceries).
“In the past two years 13,222 Blacktown households have activated GreenMoney accounts and participated in 10,000 individual green challenges to earn additional points,” Mayor Bali said.
“Since June 2015, Blacktown participants have redeemed 588,050 green points and used more than 4,500 reward eVouchers.
“The program has generated over $130,000 worth of trade for local businesses, and that alone is a fantastic result.
“The take up is way ahead of other programs and it is great to see families making the most of the initiative.”
GreenMoney is an Australia-wide program that rewards households for helping the environment.
Participants earn points based on the amount of recyclables collected in yellow-lidded bins and for completing “green” challenges, such as growing their own food at home and volunteering to clean up local creeks.
They can then redeem points for discount vouchers and other offers from local businesses including Featherdale Wildlife Park, Rebel Sport and SuperCheap Auto.
With a suite of rewards up for grabs and new ones being added all the time, Mayor Bali is encouraging households to sign up for the GreenMoney program.
“The concept is really simple – it’s a points reward system for recycling.
“The more you recycle, the more points you earn and the more you benefit by cashing them in for products and services. It’s a win-win-win situation.”