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Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Kicks Off Where it All Began!

Written by RecycleBank
Published: July 10, 2010

Philadelphia, July 10 2010 – Five years ago, a dream to reward residents for recycling became a reality through the environmental leadership and vision of the city of Philadelphia. That vision was the birthing ground of the award winning business, RecycleBank, which powers the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards program. Fast-forward to today as Mayor Michael A. Nutter officially marked the full city wide rollout of Philadelphia Recycling Rewards in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, ensuring valuable rewards and savings for recycling for every Philadelphian with city recycling service.

Philadelphia Recycling Rewards is a true partnership between the City of Philadelphia, the Streets Department and RecycleBank – allows residents with City-provided recycling collection to earn points for the amount they recycle.

“For the past six months, we have introduced the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards to each neighborhood as a great way for every city resident to understand that they can save hundreds of dollars a year in rewards to the local businesses right in their own neighborhoods,” said Mayor Nutter. “With hundreds of local businesses supporting this initiative, my hope is that every resident signs up for this program puts their sticker on their bin and lets the savings begin.”


Joined in the celebration at the Germantown ACME location were several community groups including Mount Airy USA, hundreds of kids from Education Works, west Mount Airy Neighborhood Association, and the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation. Also among the mix were Rita’s serving up their classic water ice to a hungry crowd, Verizon Wireless, who is offering double RecycleBank Points for 24 months to the first 500 people to open a 2 year contract, the Coca-Cola Sampling Team, the Night Kitchen serving their delicious baked goods, iced Coffee from High Point Café and Philly Car Share.


Residents in Philadelphia can potentially earn hundreds of dollars in rewards each year from their recycling efforts. Points are redeemable through RecycleBank for groceries, gift cards, merchandise and entertainment at hundreds of participating local and national merchants. Local participating businesses include ACME, Modell’s, Rita’s, High Point Café, select Shop Rite locations, the Night Kitchen, Rite Aid, CVS/pharmacy, Las Cazuelas, Reading Terminal Market, Le Virtu, Black & Brew, JuJu Salon and Organics, SWEAT Fitness, Please Touch Museum, the London, Franklin Institute, Villa the movement, Academy of Natural History…and hundreds more. Residents can also redeem points at major retailers and national brands such as Nature Made, Verizon, Seventh Generation, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ruby Tuesday, Coca-Cola, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.


“Five years ago we walked these streets and began the foundation of rewarding people for recycling and becoming a bit greener in their actions,” said Bob Milligan, VP of the Mid-Atlantic Region for RecycleBank. “Today marks a special day for RecycleBank as we celebrate a full city rollout in what will always be our hometown, Philadelphia. We are committed to getting Philadelphians to participate, sign up, get their stickers for their bins, and reap the hundreds of dollars in rewards and savings available to them for recycling.”


The kick-off also featured a rally to support UnLitter Us, a sustained initiative and movement by the City of Philadelphia Streets Department to rid Philadelphia of litter and create clean, beautiful and safe blocks.

The mayor has set ambitious goals with Greenworks Philadelphia, which has recycling goals including a 20 percent diversion rate by 2011 and 25 percent by 2015. Philadelphia Recycling Rewards powered by RecycleBank will help the City achieve and hopefully exceed those goals.

The Philadelphia Recycling Rewards roll-out schedule went as follows:

February 2010: North Philadelphia
March 2010: Lower Northeast, Frankford and Logan Sections
April 2010: West and Southwest Philadelphia
May 2010: Center City and South Philadelphia
June 2010: Northeast Philadelphia
July 2010: Northwest Philadelphia

For more information about Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program, and to sign-up for a rewards account, please visit or call the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Customer Affairs Unit at 1-888-769-7960.


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About RecycleBank
RecycleBank® motivates people to take greener actions and rewards consumers with points that can be redeemed from participating local and national business partners. Through collaboration and innovation, RecycleBank is helping to create a culture that encourages people to take simple steps towards greener lifestyles like residential recycling, electronic-waste recycling, home energy conservation and more. We believe that making greener choices shouldn’t at all feel like a trade off—it should be a trade up—and RecycleBank rewards its members every step of the way. RecycleBank currently provides service to over one million people across the U.S. and the U.K. and has been recognized with a number of business and environmental awards, including being named as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, as 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

About UnLitter Us Litter Rallies

UnLitter Us, led by the Philadelphia Streets Department, is a sustained effort that will include extensive community outreach- block by block- to educate and create awareness of the City’s litter problem and to generate momentum to facilitate change. The Philadelphia Streets Department will work closely with community leaders to bring UnLitter Us to the ground level, showing Philadelphia residents specific ways to do away with litter- and keep it away. Various planned programs include anti-litter seminars, Litter Free Zones, Litter Free School Zones, anti-litter rallies, business ambassador programs and an expansion of the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee’s (PMBC) Clean Block program.


Throughout the spring and summer, The Philadelphia Streets Department along with the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) are holding UnLitter Us rallies throughout the city, bringing neighbors out in force to join the UnLitter Us movement and take action to keep their neighborhoods clean. The Litter Rallies feature live music, free giveaways, educational information, games and crafts for kids and more.


Residents, community groups and businesses that want to get involved in and support the UnLitter Us movement should visit or

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