Earn As You Recycle

I’ve recently come to know this cool recycling program called ‘Recycle Bank‘. Residents in many cities are saving bucks through this program. The way the program works is fairly simple – when the recycle trucks collect recyclable items from the residents’ houses, they weigh the items and award the residents with reward points. The technology is pretty cool – the recylable bins used in such programs have sensors that the trucks use to send the reward points to a remote sever electronically. The residents can later redeem the points in their local stores.

How recycle bank works

The City of College Park does not have any such program. I hope we’ll have this program in near future.

I like this program more than the other programs like ‘Pay As You Throw (PAYT)’ – something I blogged about earlier. While many may find the PAYT a kind of punishment for not recycling, I think Recycle Bank works the other way – it offers a sense of encouragement to the residents by giving them actual rewards.

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