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North Miami (Florida) First in Southeastern United States to Partner with RecycleBank

Written by RecycleBank
Published: February 5, 2009

Recyclebank Will Help Promote Sustainability by Increasing Recycling Participation in North Miami


New York, NY – February 5, 2009 - In an effort to build a more sustainable community, the City of North Miami (FL) has partnered with Recyclebank®, a rewards program that motivates individuals to recycle. The program is based on the city’s ongoing “Green Initiatives”, spearheaded by North Miami Mayor Kevin A. Burns. North Miami is the first community in the Southeastern United States to deploy the Recyclebank program.
Recyclebank motivates households and communities to recycle by rewarding each household for the amount they have recycled. Recyclebank measures the amount of material recycled and then converts that amount into Recyclebank Points that can be used at hundreds of local and national Recyclebank Reward Partners.
With Recyclebank, North Miami homes are provided a new 96-gallon wheeled recycling cart. Each cart will have an electronic barcode which matches the cart to the household address and account number, while tracking recycling activity. Upon activating their account with Recyclebank, either online or by phone, the household will begin to earn Recyclebank Points based on the amount of recycling with each bi-weekly curbside recycling service pickup.

Active Recyclebank members can redeem their Recyclebank Points online at www.recyclebank.com, where they can also learn about their personal environmental impact through recycling. Residents can also access their account information 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 Partners such as Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, Kiss My Face, and CVS/pharmacy, as well as local participating North Miami businesses, such as Publix, Winn Dixie, Barbeque Beach, the Miami Seaquarium, Pizza Fusion and Biscayne Fitness Forum. There is also an option to donate Recyclebank Points to local school environmental programs and non-profit organizations.

Mayor Burns views Recyclebank as meaningful value for the residents of North Miami, knowing that on average, members will earn hundreds of dollars in reward value each year through their recycling efforts.
“We consider North Miami a beautiful place to live and unique in our offerings,” said Mayor Burns. “Working with Recyclebank will enable us to meet our recycling goals while giving something back to our residents. During these tough economic times, saving money on groceries, clothing or even free movie tickets is of significant value.”
"The City of North Miami has set many goals in order to become a more sustainable city. Partnering with Recyclebank will both increase our recycling rates and lower our waste output,” Mayor Burns explained. “Our partnership with Recyclebank brings a proven recycling rewards program to our community and allows us to take the necessary steps to achieving our sustainability goals."

Currently, Recyclebank is servicing over 250,000 households across 15 states. These households have cumulatively saved over 1.3 million trees and over 86 million gallons of oil through their recycling efforts.

“As Recyclebank continues to expand across the United States, our vision of rewarding households for recycling is becoming a reality,” said Ron Gonen, CEO of Recyclebank. “Mayor Burns of North Miami recognized the value that Recyclebank brings to communities by helping them reach their environmental goals, putting savings in their residents’ pockets and invigorating the local business community.”
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About Recyclebank
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, a 2009 World Economic forum Tech Pioneer, is headquartered in New York City and also maintains an office in Philadelphia. Visit www.recyclebank.com for more information.


About North Miami, Florida
North Miami, Florida (pop. 60,000) is a diverse community, ideally located midway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale. As the fifth largest city of Miami-Dade County, North Miami is committed to growth in its business community, while also focusing on issues such as education, the arts, leisure activities and sustainability to provide a viable future for our residents and to preserve the city’s rich history since its incorporation in 1926.

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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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