Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Solid Waste Management Department Director Harry Hayes announced on March 8, 2010 that 54,000 additional Houston households will receive new 96-gallon recycling carts with the rewards-for-recycling program RecycleBank®.
RecycleBank is a program operating in cities across the United States that rewards households with points based on the amount they recycle. The points are redeemable at retailers, restaurants and grocery stores and pharmacies.
In an effort to encourage more recycling and greener behavior, the city of Houston partnered with RecycleBank to distribute the large recycling carts to more than 22,000 homes last year, and began offering single-stream recycling, in which all recyclables go in the one large container.
After Houston city council approved a budget to purchase the additional 54,000 recycling carts in January, more than 76,000 households will now have single-stream recycling with rewards from RecycleBank in April 2010.
“When communities come together for the greater good, they can accomplish amazing things,” Mayor Parker says. “The City of Houston has witnessed this firsthand. By encouraging greener behavior through incentives, more people are recycling more, helping to save our resources. In addition, by redeeming the RecycleBank rewards locally, residents are providing a direct stimulus to local businesses.”
In the coming weeks, residents should look for a letter from Parker and a mailer from RecycleBank with information about the program and how to sign up. The city will begin distributing the additional 54,000 recycling carts this month, with first pick up for the RecycleBank program slated for Monday, April 5, 2010.