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Cleveland Metro-area Towns Offer RecycleBank Rewards for Residents

Written by RecycleBank
Published: July 22, 2009

Allied Waste Adds Rewards Benefits to List of Services Offered in an Effort to Greatly Increase Residential Recycling

NEW YORK—JUNE 22, 2009—Recyclebank®, a rewards program that motivates households to recycle, announced today that they will join forces with Allied Waste to roll out service to five towns in the Cleveland Metro area. Allied Waste customers in The City of Amherst, Amherst Township, Carlisle, Sheffield Village, and the City of Avon begin earning Points for the amount they recycle this summer.

With Recyclebank, homes in the region are provided with a 68-gallon wheeled recycling cart. Each cart has an ID tag which matches the cart to the household address and account number. Allied Waste trucks, retrofitted with special technology, will track weekly recycling activity. Once the pick-up route is complete, the total weight of the amount of material the community recycled will be divided amongst participating households and converted into Recyclebank Points. Similar to frequent flier programs, the more a community recycles, the more Recyclebank Points each household will earn.

Members can watch their Recyclebank Points grow online at with each pick-up, as well as learn about their personal environmental impact through recycling. Residents can also get their Point balances by calling the Recyclebank Customer Care Center, 1.888.727.2978. Recyclebank Points can be redeemed for rewards, gift cards, groceries and products with national Recyclebank Reward Partners such as Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, and CVS/pharmacy, as well as local participating businesses like Discount Drug Mart, Donatos, Aladdin’s Eatery, Apple Grocery Store, Park Lanes, and Don Mould’s Plantation. There is also an option to donate Recyclebank Points to local school environmental programs and non-profit organizations.

The Recyclebank program offers real value for area residents, knowing that on average, members will earn hundreds of dollars in reward value each year through their recycling efforts.

“Avon and our surrounding communities have always held small town charm while offering big city amenities,” said Jim Smith of the City of Avon. “Working with Recyclebank and Allied Waste will enable us to meet our recycling goals while giving something back to our residents. During these hard times, getting money off groceries, personal care, clothing or even getting free movie tickets is of noteworthy value.”

“Allied Waste and Recyclebank continue to help municipalities across the US motivate their citizens to recycle – and to educate them about the benefits of sustainable communities,” said Ron Gonen, co-founder and CEO of Recyclebank. “The value we are creating in the municipalities we service is fueling tremendous demand for our program.”

“Our partnership with Recyclebank is another way in which we are continuing our long history of providing innovative solutions for our customers while also being strong allies of our environment,” said Keith Cordesman, general manager of Allied Waste. “By partnering with Recyclebank and offering this very meaningful rewards program, we are literally changing the way our customers view recycling. We are proud to offer our customers this added benefit.”

Recyclebank services more than one million people across 19 states. By cumulative recycling efforts, those households have saved more than 112 million gallons of oil and over 1.6 million trees. Weekly pickup began for residents in Amherst and Amherst Township on June 8. Weekly pickup begins today for residents in Carlisle and Sheffield Village, and the City of Avon launches July 6.

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Recyclebank is a rewards program that motivates people to recycle. We do this by quickly and easily measuring the amount of material each home recycles and then converting that activity into Recyclebank Points that can be used at hundreds of local and national rewards partners. Recyclebank is simple to implement, market-driven, and proven to work; saving municipalities’ money and rewarding citizens for their environmental stewardship. Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers, RRE Ventures, The Westly Group and Sigma Partners are institutional shareholders. Ron Gonen, the co-founder and CEO, is the largest individual shareholder. Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. Recyclebank was recently honored as a 2009 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer and has been named as a 2009 Champion of the Earth by the United Nations. Visit for more information.

Allied Waste merged with Republic Services, Inc., in 2008, forming America’s second largest non-hazardous solid waste services company and an environmental leader. Republic Services provides waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services to millions of residential, commercial and industrial customers in 40 states and Puerto Rico through its 400 collection companies. Republic Services owns or operates 242 transfer stations, 213 solid waste landfills and 78 recycling facilities. The company is headquartered in Phoenix and has 34,000 employees. For more information, visit the Republic Services Locally, Allied Waste has operated in Lorain County since the mid 1960s and currently employs more than 300 people at it’s hauling company in Elyria and landfill and recycle center in New Russia Township. The company offers residential, commercial and industrial solid waste collection, disposal, recycling collection, and processing services.

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