Need a Push to Recycle?

May 26th, 2008

RecycleBank actually pays you to recycle.

Participating areas are equipped with recycling containers that have computer chips used in weighing your recycling. According to the weight of your recycling, you receive points redeemable at local merchants like Petco, CVS Pharmacy and IKEA.

Areas that have used this program have seen dramatic increases in the amount of people who recycle.

Of course, this program seems to have a few downsides. What about the extra paperwork involved with redeeming those points? The RecycleBank website shows a customer redeeming paper coupons, and their FAQ says that some participating merchants insist on mailing paper points. Also, I’m wondering if it’s possible that some people may be inclined to include non-recyclable items in their container just to get more weight.

Maybe I’m just being pessimistic. If it works, why criticize? Right now, the program is mainly in the Northeastern US, but will probably soon be offered in other areas as well. If the program isn’t available in your area, contact your city’s services department. Also, contact RecycleBank and they will let you know when they come to your area.

If you’ve used this service, please let me know what you thought.

2 Responses to “Need a Push to Recycle?”

  1. Peter O'Grady on January 21, 2009 5:04 am

    This looks like an excellent program and has a first class website. Anything that can replace the existing crazy patchwork of recycling programs we currently live with has to be applauded. I have contacted them to let me show a link on my website. The more we can publicize the availability of this service the quicker it might grow.

  2. Peggy on January 21, 2009 12:38 pm


    Thanks for stopping by to lend your thoughts!

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