City of Corpus Christi, Recyclebank and the Ziploc® Brand Celebrate Successful First Year of Single-Stream Recycling and More Than Triple Recyclables Collected Ziploc® donates Earthscapes playground made of 99-percent recycled plastic in continued support of City's environmental efforts

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the City of Corpus Christi recognized the one-year anniversary of Corpus Christi Recycles, its single-stream recycling program featuring Recyclebank® rewards that launched January of last year in partnership with the Ziploc® brand. The City's recycling program has already made a big impact, increasing the amount of recyclables collected by more than 350 percent in 2011 compared to same period the year before. Recyclebank rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from local and national businesses. With recycling now easier and rewards for those that do so, Corpus residents have recycled more than 24 million pounds over the past year, which is equivalent to nearly half the weight of the U.S.S. Lexington aircraft carrier.

"The City of Corpus Christi is energized to see what we've already accomplished in reducing our environmental impact as a community, and we're grateful for the support we've found through environmental partners like Recyclebank and the Ziploc® brand," said Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame. "We look forward to even greater community engagement around green actions in the coming year as we continue to strive for a happier, healthier and environmentally-friendly Corpus Christi."

The Ziploc® brand first teamed up with Recyclebank and the City of Corpus Christi to support the launch of Corpus Christi Recycles in January 2011. A special significance for the company, the City of Corpus Christi was the first Recyclebank community to benefit from Ziploc®'s efforts in supporting the expansion of Recyclebank rewards and increase recycling in communities across the nation. To commemorate this, the Ziploc® brand has donated a playground to the City made of 99 percent-recycled plastic from Earthscapes.

The new Earthscapes playground, to be installed this spring, is composed of recycled plastic containers which will have avoided the landfill thanks to Ziploc®. Earthscapes playgrounds, both large and small, are manufactured from recycled structural plastic lumber made from reclaimed post-consumer plastic products like milk jugs and other beverage containers, plastic cartons and bags. Earthscapes is committed to building quality playground equipment that puts the safety of children first, but never forgets what it means to play and make a difference for the environment.

"The City of Corpus Christi's achievements over the past year further solidify the city as an environmental leader in Texas and validate the power of rewards when it comes to encouraging greener lifestyles," said Fred Hannon, vice president at Recyclebank. "We look forward to our continued work with the City and Ziploc®. It is through partnerships like these that we most effectively motivate people to take everyday green actions and make a significant impact on the environment."

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Corpus Christi Recycles asks residents to place all their recyclables in their Smart Cart on collection day. To earn Recyclebank rewards, residents need only visit www.Recyclebank.com to sign up for a free account. Each time a neighborhood's recycling is collected, the total weight of the recycled materials is captured, converted to Recyclebank points, and then allocated to the participating members, tracked by each household's Smart Cart. The points can then be redeemed at www.Recyclebank.com for rewards from businesses in more than 10 categories, including food and beverage, health, beauty, home, clothing, accessories and gifts. Residents are also encouraged to drop off clean and dry Ziploc® Brand Sandwich, Freezer and Storage Bags at in-store recycling collection bins at participating grocery stores for even more earn opportunities. 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

ABOUT RECYCLEBANK
Recyclebank® helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank is empowering individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and learning to live greener lives. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment 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 www.Recyclebank.com.

ABOUT CORPUS CHRISTI
The City of Corpus Christi is a multi-cultural community located 140 miles southeast of San Antonio on Corpus Christi Bay, an inlet off the Gulf of Mexico. The City comprises of an estimated population of 277,454 and is the sixth largest port in the nation. This All-America City is the eighth largest city in Texas, and key industries include petrochemicals, military and tourism. For more information, visit us at www.cctexas.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS
Laura Moen | Bateman Group for Recyclebank
(415) 503-1818 | recyclebank@bateman-group.com

Kim Womack |Public Information Officer for City of Corpus Christi
(361) 826-3211 | KimW@cctexas.com

SOURCE Recyclebank



RELATED LINKS
http://www.Recyclebank.com
http://www.goearthscapes.com
http://www.corpuschristirecycles.com
http://www.ziploc.com/sustainability

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