Blacktown's GreenMoney initiative rewards participants

Winner: Mount Druitt resident Dennis Copp received an organic vegetable hamper from the mayor when he became the 10,000th participant in the GreenMoney challenge.

Winner: Mount Druitt resident Dennis Copp received an organic vegetable hamper from the mayor when he became the 10,000th participant in the GreenMoney challenge.

More than 13,200 Blacktown LGA households are turning trash into treasure.

Blacktown Council’s GreenMoney initiative rewards households for helping the environment with reward points or ‘green money’. 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 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.

“The program has generated more than $130,000 worth of trade for local businesses,” mayor Stephen Bali said.

“The take up is way ahead of other programs and it is great to see families making the most of the initiative.”