About Us

The WE Cycle Why It Matters Who We Are Our Commitment to Sustainability


Recyclebank inspires and rewards smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future.
We know that it takes a group effort to make a positive impact, which is why we bring
together communities, businesses and people like you. Sign Up Today

THE WE CYCLE

Working together improves communities and enriches individuals.
As a member, here’s what you do and what’s in it for you.

Earn Points

You Earn Points for Progress

Realizing a better tomorrow starts with changing behaviors today. To help you improve your everyday life, we emphasize the power of taking small actions and we award you points when you take them. Earn Points

You Can Earn Points for Recycling

In some communities, members can earn points for recycling at home. We make this possible by working with municipalities and the waste hauler that collects your recycling. Learn more about how the program works

Get Perks

Exclusive Savings

Points can be used for discounts on everyday products in our online shop, One Twine. Simply find the products you want and cash in your points at checkout. Shop Now

National and
Community Deals

Who couldn’t use a night out? From a discounted trip to the movies to deals at local or national restaurants, our Rewards Catalog lets you turn your points into savings on all sorts of businesses and services. Get Rewards

School Donations

The Recyclebank Green Schools Program helps students improve their schools and communities through eco-friendly projects. Schools submit their ideas to us and members help turn those dreams into realities by donating their points to help fund projects. Find Out More

WHY IT MATTERS

A Force for Good

When it comes to inspiring action, we like to take a page out of Isaac Newton’s playbook. Sure, Recyclebank wasn’t around when he wrote that “an object at rest tends to remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force,” but we’d like to think that we’re living, breathing proof of that First Law of Motion. We encourage small, everyday actions by teaching you how they can benefit the environment, and we reward you for making the effort. By working with municipalities and waste haulers, we’ve already inspired our members to spare billions of pounds of waste from the landfill.

WHO WE ARE

We wear a lot of hats at Recyclebank.
Here are three that we all share.

Game Changers

Call it a classroom daydream. Call it a moment of inspiration. No matter how you classify it, the moment that Ron Gonen envisioned a way to increase individual recycling, it forever changed the course of his life and planted a tiny seed that grew into the company we are today. What Ron realized was that people want to recycle more; they just need a little bit of a nudge. So in 2002, he went to dinner with fellow Columbia MBA Student Patrick FitzGerald and discussed his idea for Recyclebank. A year later, they completed the company’s founding business plan and by 2004, they rolled out a pilot recycling rewards program in Philadelphia. Today, Recyclebank partners with communities all over the country and offers new ways for you to learn, earn points and shop online. Our focus hasn’t changed, but we’re looking for innovative ways to inspire our members every day.

Thought Leaders

Recyclebank’s goal is to inspire smarter choices for a more sustainable future. We believe that individual actions, such as increasing recycling or learning about greener ways to purchase, consume or dispose of products, can add up to a big impact for our planet.

We believe in the carrot, not the stick. We’ve learned that a mix of economic and social nudges, when packaged with education, deepens people’s participation and creates habitual behavior change.

We cannot do this alone. Our partnerships with you, municipalities, waste haulers and community and national brands help us reach and motivate millions of people to join our movement towards more sustainable living.

We hope you will join us

Javier Flaim, CEO

Team Players

You couldn’t fit all of our employees into a single mold, but one thing that we all rally around is a passion for positive change. From the people who help make a difference in the community to the individuals who keep the site up and running, we’ve all got roles to play and we’re never afraid to find creative solutions. If you’re looking for a fun, energetic environment, then we might be the fit for you! Check out our Current Job Openings

  • OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY

    There’s no single blueprint for a sustainable future. Some might view this as a challenge,
    but all we see is opportunity. At Recyclebank, we can be the architects for a better tomorrow,
    and what we’re building is a space that unites communities, businesses and people
    like you so that we can all make the journey together.

    Mile Markers

    When you make it your business to build a better tomorrow today, it’s important to remember that we’re all on a journey. To chart our progress and ensure that we’re always heading in the right direction, we set up yearly check-ins to take a look at how far we’ve come. Our Annual Sustainability Report reminds us of the achievements and it puts new targets on the radar for the coming year. We share this review with partners and members like you so that we can feel good about the impact we’re making collectively.

    Check back soon to see our 2013 Sustainability Report.

    Funding Tomorrow’s Leaders

    Since 2007, the Recyclebank Green Schools Program has awarded close to $500,000 to more than 150 schools for projects designed to creatively improve their schools. With the launch of our new online shop, One Twine, we’re proud to announce that we will donate 5% of profits to the Green Schools Program, up to $50,000 a year. Here’s how it works: Teachers submit project proposals along with the budgets needed to help their goals become realities. The brainstorming period takes place at the start of each school year, and the donation period runs from the beginning of January through early spring. Learn more

    Out of the Office. In the Community.

    Since we make it our business to help people improve their lives and their communities, it’s only right that we take breaks to focus on our own. Each year, Recyclebank team members work together on a local community improvement project for Earth Day. While that’s one big way we’re working together in our own neighborhoods, our team members also get one paid volunteer day each quarter to donate their time for non-profit or community organizations that they’re passionate about.

    Carefully Curated

    When it comes to the products we pick for our online shop, One Twine, we make every effort to ensure that they’re good for you, your community and the planet. Working with a wide variety of brands, we only select items that make it through our screening process. Using nine different criteria, we determine whether or not a product makes it into our collection. Learn more