LONG BEACH, Calif., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Under a new incentive program announced today between the City of Long Beach and Recyclebank®, Long Beach becomes the largest city in California to reward residents for taking everyday green actions, such as recycling, with discounts and deals from local businesses and national brands. To kick off the program, Long Beach residents who register for a free Recyclebank account prior to Oct. 15 will be entered to win an Apple® iPad. To enter the giveaway and automatically start earning points for recycling, residents should visit www.recyclebank.com/recycle.
"Recycling in Long Beach is now even more rewarding with Recyclebank," said Mayor Bob Foster. "Our partnership with Recyclebank will boost recycling rates in the city and help keep our beautiful community green for generations to come, while at the same time stimulating the local economy and delivering real value to residents of Long Beach."
Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District, brought forth this item for City Council approval last year. To get rewarded for recycling, residents must sign up at www.recyclebank.com/recycle; registration is free. Each time a neighborhood's recycling is collected, the weight of the collected material is converted to Recyclebank points. Recyclebank members will automatically receive points for their recycling efforts. Residents can also earn bonus points by reporting recycling efforts on the Recyclebank website or on the Recyclebank iPhone and Android mobile apps.
Points earned from recycling can be used to "shop" at Recyclebank.com for rewards like discounts and deals from local businesses and national brands. Local reward partners include the Aquarium of the Pacific and many others listed on the Recyclebank website. Additionally, Recyclebank has hundreds of national reward partners, including Ziploc®, Coca-Cola®, Macy's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Dick's Sporting Goods, Olive Garden and many others.
"At Recyclebank, we've seen firsthand the incredible collective impact of individual actions and we are thrilled to partner with the City of Long Beach to reward its residents for making greener decisions every day," said Lucie Poulicakos, regional vice president at Recyclebank. "By incentivizing green actions, we are hopeful that we can encourage more residents to be eco-conscious, while at the same time stimulating the local economy and delivering real value to families through rewards from Recyclebank."
More than 300 communities across the United States and the United Kingdom have implemented Recyclebank. Over the course of a year, an average family can earn hundreds of points that can be redeemed for special rewards. Recyclebank members earn an average of $160 in rewards value each year.
Recyclebank helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 4,000 local businesses and national brands. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank empowers individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling and taking other environmentally-friendly actions. A Certified B Corporation, Recyclebank has been 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.
Jim Kuhl, City of Long Beach, Manager of Environmental Services
Jeff Harse, Recyclebank