Cincinnati to revamp Recycling Rewards Program

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - After evaluating program participation and weighing program costs, the City of Cincinnati and Recyclebank have decided to end the current rewards program for Cincinnati residents effective April 30, 2013.

The City will unveil a new incentive program in the coming months.

City officials say although the Recyclebank program worked for some residents, overall Recyclebank participation rates were disappointing. The program is being revamped in order to realize the City's original intent of the program: to encourage and reward citizens who recycle, which in turns saves money and taxpayer dollars on tipping fees by diverting tonnage from the landfill.  Current rewards can still be redeemed through Recyclebank.

"We will continue to improve access, make recycling easy, and find new ways to incentivize more residents to participate," said Larry Falkin, Director of the City's Office of Environmental Quality.

In 2012, city residents and small businesses recycled 17,815 tons, compared to 12,175 tons in 2008. That effort conserved enough energy to power every home in Cincinnati for six days. On average, every household in Cincinnati recycled more than 241 pounds last year, amounting to 17.20 percent of all waste the city generated. Cincinnati's goal, established by City Council in 2008 is to reach 25 percent in 2013, and 30 percent in 2015.

Residents can recycle the following items:

  • Plastic bottles & jugs (NOTE: caps can now be left on the bottles)
  • Glass jars & bottles (any color)
  • Aluminum & steel cans
  • Empty aerosol cans (lids & tips removed)
  • Paperboard (cereal boxes, 12-pack containers, etc.)
  • Cardboard (in 3'-by-3' sections) (Note: clean pizza boxes are now accepted)
  • Paper products, such as:
    • Office paper
    • Newspapers & magazines
    • Junk mail & envelopes
    • Telephone books
    • Paper grocery bags

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