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RecycleBank Celebrates America Recycles Day 2010 with Atlanta ReCART, Republic Services, Alpharetta, McDonough, Peachtree City

Written by RecycleBank
Published: November 11, 2010

ATLANTA (WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2010) — In celebration of America Recycles Day on November 15, RecycleBank® announces that incentive-based recycling is working in the Greater Atlanta Metro. After debuting in Atlanta last November with the ReCART (Rewards for Collecting All Recyclables Together) pilot program, and partnering this year with Republic Services in Alpharetta, Peachtree City and McDonough, communities have seen a marked improvement in recycling. In Atlanta alone, with the ReCART pilot program, recycling tonnages are up 92%. RecycleBank motivates people to take greener actions, like recycling, by rewarding them with points. These points can be redeemed at for rewards from local and national retailers, restaurants, grocers, and more. “We’re very pleased with the increase in recycling in the ReCART pilot program,” City of Atlanta Recycling Manager Mary Harrington said. “Partnering with RecycleBank has helped to increase the pounds per household collected from 16 pounds to 36 pounds per household per month.” Held each November 15 and founded by Keep America Beautiful in 1997, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. This year, RecycleBank is working with the Cities of Atlanta, Alpharetta, McDonough, and Republic Services Peachtree City to educate and empower residents to recycle right. “America Recycles Day is the perfect time to remember how important it is to not just recycle, but to recycle right,” RecycleBank Southeast Vice President Fred Hannon said. “Recycling saves natural resources, energy in manufacturing, and reduces the amount of waste that ends up in a landfill—and recycling has an even bigger impact when it’s done well.” RecycleBank recently launched several new digital and social media initiatives on and on its Facebook page to educate consumers about responsible consumption and recycling right. The special America Recycles Day web page includes information on the five main areas of recyclable materials (plastic, paper, glass, metal, and electronics), lists little-known and historical facts, and offers unique RecycleBank rewards and point-earning opportunities for members. Joining RecycleBank in its efforts are Nature Made®, Kashi, LeapFrog, Nestle Purina’s Friskies® and Fancy Feast® Gourmet Cat Food, and MillerCoors, which collectively represent plastic, paper, electronics, metal, and glass, respectively. As part of their greater sustainability initiatives, the five brands ensure their packages or products are recyclable, and in some cases, even use recycled materials. While the eco-responsible companies do their part to maintain the cycle, by partnering with RecycleBank, they are encouraging consumers to take small steps that can have a massive impact on the planet. For example: • If two million people recycle each paperboard cereal box they use over the course of a year, over 50,000 trees will be saved—that’s twice the number of trees in New York’s Central Park. • If two million people each recycle just one vitamin bottle next year, they will save a combined 91,500 kWh—as much electricity as the Hoover Dam produces in one hour. • If two million people recycle two 3-oz. aluminum cans every day for a year, they will each save as much energy as they could burn driving from New York to Los Angeles. • If two million people recycle their cell phones next year, more than 70,000 pounds of copper will be conserved—almost 10,000 more pounds than are in the Statue of Liberty. • If two million people each recycle six glass bottles next year, enough glassphalt (50,000 tons!) could be made to repave the 1.4 million square foot Daytona International Speedway. “Our partnership with these Atlanta-area communities helps them all to protect the environment, invigorate the local economy, keep the community clean and deliver meaningful, everyday savings to families here in Fulton, DeKalb Fayette, and Henry Counties,” Hannon added. “Recycling is truly one of the most important ways we can contribute to the health and sustainability of the Greater Atlanta Metro and the planet—and has an even greater impact when it’s done well. We will proudly continue to raise awareness of the right way to recycle while giving our loyal members additional opportunities to be rewarded for their efforts now and into 2011.” WHAT’S RECYCLABLE Atlanta Paper White Office Paper, Brown Paper Bags, Cardboard (broken down), Catalogs, Junk Mail, Magazines, Mixed Paper, Newspaper, Computer Paper, Wrapping Paper, Shredded paper in a clear plastic bag Glass Brown Glass, Clear Glass, Green Glass, Blue Glass Metal Aerosol Cans, Aluminum Cans, Tin or Steel Cans Plastics #1 Plastic (PETE), #2 Plastic (HDPE Clear), #2 Plastic (HDPE Colored), #3 Plastic (PVC), #4 Plastic (LDPE), #5 Plastic (Polyprpylene),#6 Plastics (Polystyrene), #7 Plastic (Other) Electronics Alpharetta Paper Newspaper, Magazines, Phone Books, white or colored paper, chipboard boxes, corrugated cardboard Glass Brown Glass, Clear Glass, Green Glass Metal Aluminum Cans, Tin or Steel Cans Plastics #1 Plastic (PETE), #2 Plastic (HDPE Clear), #2 Plastic (HDPE Colored) Electronics Peachtree City Paper White Office Paper, Brown Paper Bags, Cardboard, Catalogs, Chipboard, Magazines, Mixed Paper, Newspaper, Paperboard Glass Brown Glass, Clear Glass, Green Glass Metal Aluminum Cans, Tin or Steel Cans Plastics #1 Plastic (PETE), #2 Plastic (HDPE Clear), #2 Plastic (HDPE Colored) Electronics McDonough Paper White Office Paper, Brown Paper Bags, Cardboard, Catalogs, Chipboard, Magazines, Mixed Paper, Newspaper, Paperboard Glass Brown Glass, Clear Glass, Green Glass Metal Aluminum Cans, Tin or Steel Cans Plastics #1 Plastic (PETE), #2 Plastic (HDPE Clear), #2 Plastic (HDPE Colored) Electronics For more information about recycling in • Atlanta, please visit or call 404-330-6333 • Alpharetta, please visit or call 678-297-6000 • Peachtree City, please visit or call Republic Services at 404-693-9200 • McDonough, please visit or call Republic Services at 404-693-9200 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON RECYCLEBANK RecycleBank measures the amount of material households recycle and converts that amount into points redeemable online at for groceries, gift cards, merchandise, entertainment, and more at hundreds of participating local and national merchants. Active recyclers can earn on average $130-200 in reward value each year from their recycling efforts. Local reward partners include Monica’s Kids, Roscoe’s Grill, El Agave, and BoJanyes Specialty Foods Market & Deli. Members may also choose to donate their points to the RecycleBank Green Schools Program, which awards environmental program and project grants to schools across the nation. RecycleBank has a proven record of accomplishment, doubling—even tripling—recycling rates in a variety of diverse communities. Operating in more than 500 communities across 28 states and in the United Kingdom, RecycleBank expanded its recycling rewards program to more than 50 new communities in 2010. 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. RESOURCES • RecycleBank celebrates America Recycles Day: • RecycleBank on Facebook: • Become a RecycleBank member: # # # ABOUT RECYCLEBANK 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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