Bryson Recycling recently trialled an innovative recycling app called Reward4Waste exclusively in Whitehead, in collaboration with CryptoCycle and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council that allowed residents to earn rewards when they recycled.

The Reward4Waste trial ran from 30th September 2020 to 31st January 2021. Over 2000 households were included in the trial. 

Queen’s University is undertaking independent research on the trial. If you live in Whitehead we would welcome your feedback on the trial. You can complete a survey online and/or take part in a Focus Group. 

• Complete online survey here
• Will take less than 15 minutes to complete.
• Submit your completed survey by the end of February for a chance to win a £50 SPAR voucher.

Focus Groups
• Conducted online – sign up here
• Will last no more than 1.5 hours.
• Looking for people who did and did not take part in the trial to participate.
• A range of dates and times are available.
• As a thank you for attending you will receive a £10 SPAR voucher.

Why did we run this trial?

New recycling laws will be introduced in the UK by 2023, which means that Northern Ireland will soon be using a Deposit Return Scheme for drinks containers. The aim is to increase recycling and reduce littering.

People will pay a deposit of up to 20p when they buy a drink in a single-use bottle or can and then get their deposit back when they recycle.

The option currently being considered by the government is to use Reverse Vending Machines. We want to find a solution that allows people to recycle using their existing kerbside recycling service and claim back their deposit

How does Reward4Waste work?     

Download app: Search for Reward4Waste on the App Store or Google Play Store and follow the instructions.
Login: At login, you can see how many items you and your community have recycled.
Scan your recycling box (called the Return Point on the app): The app will ask you to scan the unique code on your recycling box first.
Scan items: Each participating bottle will have a unique code on it. Once you have finished your drink and are ready to recycle, scan the sticker on the recycling box and then the sticker on your drink packaging. Each code is unique, so items can’t be scanned more than once.
Deposit: Deposit your item in the return point/recycling box. Due to the unique code on each item, you cannot claim your Reward Points twice.
Get rewards: Reward4Waste will reward you for recycling with Reward Points that can be redeemed for SPAR Vouchers or donated to charity.

Drinks Containers

We linked with SPAR on Edward Road, Whitehead, who kindly offered their support. For this trial, only certain drinks bought from this SPAR were part of the trial.
These include:

  • Plastic milk bottles
  • Plastic drinks bottles (soft drinks and water)
  • Drinks cans (soft drinks)
  • Wine (750ml glass bottles)

Items included in the trial were clearly labelled with a sticker.

Rewards Points

  • One hundred points = £1
  • Milk bottles, glass bottles & cans: 10 Reward Points
  • Soft drinks in plastic bottles: 20 Reward Points

Reward Points can be reclaimed in 2 ways:

  • SPAR vouchers – can only be used in SPAR, Edward Road, Whitehead
  • Donate to charity – nominated charities are Hope House, Whitehead Primary School PTA, Angel Wishes and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Don’t have a smartphone?

Residents who dont have a smartphone can use a sticker chart instead and return it to us in the free post envelope provided.