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Cincinnati is largest Midwestern city using RecycleBank

Written by Waste & Recycling News
Published: June 29, 2010

With a program slated to begin in October, Cincinnati will become the largest Midwestern U.S. city-wide participant in the RecycleBank program.

The new agreement between Rumpke Recycling, recycling cart manufacturer Cascade Engineering, and rewards program RecycleBank was announced Monday.

Other Midwest areas with RecycleBank include suburbs of Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Omaha, Sioux Falls, and a pilot program in three wards of Chicago.

"The City is excited to provide this innovative new service to citizens," Mayor Mark L. Mallory said. "People are looking for creative new ways to become more ┬┤green┬┤ in their everyday lives. The larger recycling carts are going to allow people to recycle much more than they do now, and the great part is that they will be rewarded for how much they recycle."

Participants in RecycleBank programs are awarded points based on the weight of their recycled materials; the points can be redeemed for discounts at local and national businesses or donated to local school districts.

As part of the program, which includes larger recycling carts, Cincinnati is switching to a bi-weekly recycling pickup. Between lower collection costs and increased landfill diversion the city expects to save more than $1 million annually in collection and disposal costs.

The city is using $750,000 awarded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to manage the program and to purchase the new recycling carts.

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