Chicago is well known for its green initiatives, but one sore spot has been its recycling system. In recent years the city rolled out a successful Blue Cart program, and now Chicago is aiming to increase its recycling efforts by joining incentive based recycling program, RecycleBank…
RecycleBank works by rewarding its users by measuring the amount of material each participating home recycled, and issuing points (one pound = 2.5 points) that can be redeemed in the form of gift cards, discounts, groceries and products with over 1,900 local and national reward partners. There is also an option to donate rewards points to local schools and non-profit organizations.
Chicago is test-driving this program with the city's 5th, 8th and 19th Wards, who have been using the Blue Cart recycling program the longest. Each Blue Cart in the test area will be outfitted with an RIFD tag that notes the address and account number of the user, while tracking recycling activity. Once the user activates their account with RecycleBank they can began earning points. Chicago Mayor Daley hopes that the program with increase participation in the Blue Cart program, if the new program is successful Chicago will expand RecycleBank to more Blue Cart users.
Visit the RecycleBank website to find out more about the program and the other participating cities.
Via City of Chicago
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