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Recyclebank and the City of Philadelphia Enter Fifth Year of Partnership for a Sustainable Future

Written by Justmeans
Published: June 13, 2014

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Philadelphia has made excellent progress in recent years to build a greener city. Its continued collaboration with Recyclebank, the company that inspires and rewards smarter, everyday choices for a more sustainable future, has made a significant contribution to this effort. Since 2010, Recyclebank has been working together with the Philadelphia Streets Department to continually encourage residents to improve their recycling participation.

Mayor Michael A. Nutter has announced that the City of Philadelphia and Recyclebank have renewed their partnership. This partnership has effectively promoted the innovative Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program, which educates residents on eco-friendly everyday living practices and also rewards them for recycling at home with attractive deals for local and national businesses. The rewards program has become one of the key elements of the City’s larger strategy to achieve a 25 percent recycling diversion rate by 2015.

Mayor Nutter said that their partnership with Recyclebank has been invaluable, and the City looks forward to continued collaboration. Once he took office in 2008, Mayor Nutter had pledged to make Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in the country, and introduced an ambitious sustainability plan. Since then, the City has embraced several recycling innovations in order to help divert more waste from landfills. As a result of these efforts, Philadelphia’s residential recycling tonnages have increased from 74,800 tons per year in FY 2009 to 125,000 in FY 2014.

Streets Commissioner David J. Perri said that the renewing of the City’s partnership with Recyclebank allows them to continue achieving many of their environmental goals, while increasing public participation in the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program. Philadelphia schools are also active participants in Recyclebank’s Green Schools Program, which awards grant money to schools to fund a unique student project that will green their classroom and community, such as a community garden or water conversation program.

Philadelphia Recycling Rewards members have ordered more than $2.5 million worth of rewards since February 2011 with the points they earned from participating in the program. The program allows members to use points to “shop” for discounts at various national brands and popular local businesses.

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