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Hampton residents to earn rewards for recycling

Submitted | Pine Creek Journal
Waste Management officials have offered an incentive program to Hampton Township that would result in residents earning rewards for recycling.

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Waste Management wants to give back for what people throw away in Hampton Township.

The trash hauler plans to reward residents for recycling.

In June, registered users of Recyclebank — an incentive program — will start receiving points to cash in for deals and discounts at local and national businesses, based on the tons of recyclables hauled on their collection routes.

The rewards include, for example, gift cards, discounts on movie tickets, restaurant meals and products such as Hellman's mayonnaise, Lipton tea and Dove soap. Waste Management also will initiate the Recyclebank program next month in O'Hara, Etna, Millvale, Ross, Bradford Woods and Indiana Township as part of the municipalities' latest contracts with Waste Management.

“This is the first deployment in Western Pennsylvania,” said Lisa McNeight, area public sector director for Waste Management.

Residents can preview available discounts and deals, along with participating businesses, by viewing the online site of Recylebank, a subsidiary of Recycle Rewards Inc., at www.recylclebank.com.

Waste Management is a “strategic partner” in Recyclebank, McNeight said.

McNeight introduced Recyclebank to Hampton Council at the council's May 8 meeting.

“It's very interactive,” she said. “Residents will get emails.”

For residents without computers, Recyclebank will offer a call-in center.

All Hampton residents will soon receive a letter to inform them about Recyclebank, followed by a post card with an identification number they can use to register for Recyclebank.

“There is no cost to your residents,” McNeight told members of Hampton Council.

By participating in the Recyclebank program, Hampton residents annually will receive — on average — the equivalent of $167 in rewards, according to McNeight.

Residents primarily will accumulate points for recycling metal cans, glass jars, plastic bottles, magazines, junk mail and newspapers. But points also can be earned by pledging to conserve energy in some way, or by reading an article, such as the “The Best Spring Vegetables to Support Detoxification” at the online site of Recyclebank.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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