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Recycling Carts en Route

Written by John Huotari, The Oak Ridger
Published: February 6, 2009

Waste Connections delivers new carts to Oak Ridge, Tenn., residents in conjunction with the new recycling rewards program

The city's garbage contractor plans to begin delivering big, new recycling carts to Oak Ridge residents on Monday for a recycling rewards program to begin next month.

“It will take a couple of weeks to get all of these assembled and delivered,” said Gary Cinder, Oak Ridge Public Works director.

Gary Clark, residential supervisor for Waste Connections in Knoxville, shows one of the 65-gallon recycling carts that will be delivered to Oak Ridge residents. Photo by Scott Fraker, The Oak Ridger

The 65-gallon bins with wheels will be delivered by Waste Connections and may be used immediately for the existing recycling program, according to a city newsletter.

The carts have identification chips in them that can be used to track the amount of waste recycled under the new rewards program. Offered through a partnership between Waste Connections and Recyclebank, the program is meant to encourage residents to recycle and is scheduled to start March 2.

The new program will give residents discounts at national, regional and local businesses, based upon the amount they recycle each month.

A half-dozen local businesses have already signed up to participate by offering rewards. According to the city newsletter, the businesses include:
• Oak Ridge Bowling Center;
• Expressions Salon;
• Connie's Naturally Gourmet;
• Firehouse Subs;
• Kittrell's Paint and Wallpaper; and
• Merle Norman Cosmetics.

The newsletter said more local businesses are being added.

The new program allows homeowners to use a single container to recycle mixed paper, mail, magazines, phone books, cardboard, glass, newspapers, metal and aluminum cans, and plastics No. 1 through 7.

Residents will be able to track their recycling points online at

In order to join the program, city garbage rates have been raised by $2 per home per month.

Tom Hernandez, regional manager for Recyclebank in New York City, has said a household could earn around $240 worth of rewards per year under the new program. At the same time, residents will be helping to increase the amount of recycling and reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

Oak Ridge is the first to sign up for the company's program in the South or Southeast, and one of about 40 cities signed up for the program across the United States now, Recyclebank executives said late last year.

Since Oct. 1, Oak Ridge residents have been able to recycle a wider range of materials through Waste Connection's weekly trash pickup program.

For more information about the Recyclebank program, call the new Oak Ridge recycling hotline at (865) 425-3619, extension 506, or send an e-mail to

Residents may also visit Recyclebank online at Alternatively, they can call Recyclebank at (888) 727-2978 or Waste Connections at (865) 482-3656.


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