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America Recycles Day Is Monday

Written by The Chattanoogan
Published: November 11, 2010

In celebration of America Recycles Day on Monday, Allied Waste Chattanooga announces that residents of Hamilton County and North Georgia have helped to divert more than 995 tons of recyclables from the waste stream since partnering with RecycleBank in March 2010.

RecycleBank motivates people to take greener actions, like recycling, by rewarding them with points. These points can be redeemed at RecycleBank.com for rewards from local and national retailers, restaurants, grocers, and more.

Allied Waste Chattanooga partnered with RecycleBank in an effort to encourage citizens to recycle more and put less into landfills; Fort Oglethorpe and Rossville, just launched in October.


“America Recycles Day is the perfect time to remember how important it is to not just recycle, but to recycle right,” Allied Waste Chattanooga General Manager Joe Salamone said. “Recycling saves natural resources, energy in manufacturing, and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill—and recycling has an even bigger impact when it’s done well.”

Held each Monday and founded by Keep America Beautiful in 1997, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. This year, Allied Waste Chattanooga and RecycleBank are working to educate and empower residents to recycle right. RecycleBank recently launched several new digital and social media initiatives on RecycleBank.com and on its Facebook page to educate consumers about responsible consumption and recycling right. The special America Recycles Day web page includes information on the five main areas of recyclable materials (plastic, paper, glass, metal, and electronics), lists little-known and historical facts, and offers unique RecycleBank rewards and point-earning opportunities for members.

Joining RecycleBank in its efforts are Nature Made, Kashi, LeapFrog, Nestle Purina’s Friskies and Fancy Feast Gourmet Cat Food, and MillerCoors, which collectively represent plastic, paper, electronics, metal, and glass, respectively. As part of their greater sustainability initiatives, the five brands ensure their packages or products are recyclable, and in some cases, even use recycled materials. While the eco-responsible companies do their part to maintain the cycle, by partnering with RecycleBank, they are encouraging consumers to take small steps that can have a massive impact on the planet.

For example:
If two million people recycle each paperboard cereal box they use over the course of a year, over 50,000 trees will be saved—that’s twice the number of trees in New York’s Central Park.
If two million people each recycle just one vitamin bottle next year, they will save a combined 91,500 kWh—as much electricity as the Hoover Dam produces in one hour.
If two million people recycle two 3-oz. aluminum cans every day for a year, they will each save as much energy as they could burn driving from New York to Los Angeles.
If two million people recycle their cell phones next year, more than 70,000 pounds of copper will be conserved—almost 10,000 more pounds than are in the Statue of Liberty.
If two million people each recycle six glass bottles next year, enough glassphalt (50,000 tons) could be made to repave the 1.4 million square foot Daytona International Speedway.

“Our partnership helps Allied Waste Chattanooga to protect the environment, invigorate the local economy, keep the community clean and deliver meaningful, everyday savings to Hamilton County families,” RecycleBank Midwest Vice President Atul Nanda said. “Recycling is truly one of the most important ways we can contribute to the health and sustainability of Hamilton County and the planet—and has an even greater impact when it’s done well. We will proudly continue to raise awareness of the right way to recycle while giving our loyal members additional opportunities to be rewarded for their efforts now and into 2011.”

What's recyclable in Hamilton County:
PaperWhite Office Paper, Books, Brown Paper Bags, Cardboard, Catalogs, Chipboard, Junk Mail, Magazines, Mixed Paper, Newspaper, Paperboard, Computer Paper, Phonebooks, Wrapping Paper
GlassBrown Glass, Clear Glass, Green Glass, Blue Glass
MetalAerosol Cans, Aluminum Cans, Tin or Steel Cans
Plastics#1 Plastic (PETE), #2 Plastic (HDPE Clear), #2 Plastic (HDPE Colored), #3 Plastic (PVC), #4 Plastic (LDPE), #5 Plastic (Polyprpylene),#6 Plastics (Polystyrene), #7 Plastic (Other)
Electronicshttp://www.recyclebank.com/earn/electronics

For more information about recycling in Hamilton County, please visit www.recycleitchattanooga.com or call Allied Waste at 867-4650.

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Recyclebank At A Glance

Headquarters
New York

Offices
New York, Philadelphia and Houston

CEO
Javier Flaim

Founded
2004

Investors
The Coca-Cola Company, Craton Equity Partners, Generation Investment Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Paul Capital Investments, Physic Ventures, RRE Ventures LLC, Sigma Partners, Waste Management Inc., and Westly Group

Members
4 Million+

Communities
300+ in all 50 states

Reward Partners
4,000+

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