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Houston to Expand RecycleBank to More Than 100,000 Households

Written by RecycleBank
Published: December 6, 2010

HOUSTON (Monday, Dec. 6, 2010) —Mayor Parker’s Sustainability Director Laura Spanjian, Solid Waste Management Department Director Harry Hayes, Council Member Wanda Adams and other City officials announced today that 30,000 additional Houston households have received new 96-gallon recycling carts with the rewards-for-recycling program RecycleBank®. RecycleBank measures the amount of materials recycled within the community, then converts that amount into points which members can use to redeem online at for groceries, gift cards, merchandise, entertainment, and more at hundreds of participating local and national merchants.


“We’re so pleased to offer this great opportunity to more of our residents to help the environment while also helping the city, and themselves, save money,” Spanjian said. “Residents can see savings in the form of the points they earn by recycling with the RecycleBank program and the valuable rewards like discounts on food and day-to-day household items. That’s real money saved for Houston families.”


In an effort to encourage more recycling and greener behavior, the City first partnered with RecycleBank in November 2009 as part of the Automated Recycling Program, rolling out single-stream recycling carts to more than 20,000 homes. Single-stream recycling, takes the hassle out of having to sort recyclables and place them in separate bins. From November 2009 through October 2010, Houston residents have recycled approximately 12,000 tons of material – that’s over 24 million pounds diverted from landfills.


“This program has so many benefits for so many people and due in part to the great efforts over the past year by our residents, it has allowed us to further expand our Automated Recycling Program to other Houston households.” Hayes said. “Rewards-for-recycling is good for the local economy as well. RecycleBank members can redeem their earned points with local businesses and restaurants, providing economic development and involving the local business community in the recycling effort.”


Spanjian, Hayes and other City officials, along with RecycleBank, hosted a press conference today in Houston to celebrate a full year of automated recycling with rewards and to announce the expansion (54,000 households in April of this year and another 30,000 this December). Now, more than 100,000 Houston households will have single-stream recycling with rewards from RecycleBank. This expansion shows Houston participants are clearly making large strides toward being consistently proactive about their recycling habits.


“The success of the Houston program indicates that recycling is truly one of the most important ways we can contribute to the health and sustainability of the planet,” RecycleBank Vice President Fred Hannon said. “We applaud the efforts of the residents who have embraced the program and look forward to servicing the entire City of Houston.”


RecycleBank has a proven record of accomplishment, helping to double—even triple—recycling rates in more than 500 communities across 28 states and in the United Kingdom. In 2010, RecycleBank expanded its recycling rewards program to more than 50 communities across the country and in the U.K. Over the past year alone, residents in RecycleBank communities, which include major cities like Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have recycled more than 350,000 tons. Even more impressive, since 2005, RecycleBank communities have recycled over 550,000 tons of material.


With RecycleBank, residents earn points each time they recycle. They can use their earned points at for rewards. Participating local businesses include Jamaica House Cuisine & Culture, CiCi’s Pizza, Denny’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Niko Niko’s, Smoothie King, Subway, Triple Toys and Zuma Fun Center. National partners include Bed Bath & Beyond, Coca-Cola®, Half Price Books, Old Navy, Randalls and Staples®. A complete listing of all participating retailers can be found at


First pick up for the additional 30,000 households is slated for the week of December 6, 2010. For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please visit


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The Solid Waste Management Department provides solid waste services to the citizens of Houston through the collection, disposal, and recycling of discarded material in a manner that is safe, efficient, environmentally sound and cost-effective. For more information about the City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department and its services, please log on to



RecycleBank® motivates consumers and communities to take positive environmental actions that lead to a more sustainable future. Through its curbside recycling program and digital platform, RecycleBank incentivizes environmentally preferable behaviors with points that can be redeemed for discounts and rewards from participating local and national business partners. Through brand partnerships, consumer education and innovation, the company is helping to create a culture that encourages more sustainable consumption by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and landfill diversion. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environmental Programme, and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. RecycleBank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit

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