Cash for Trash Spurs Recycling Boom

Cherry Hill Mayor Bernie Platt rated the program a success, saying the "incentive-based, single-stream system is a brilliant change to the overall recycling process."

The township's coffers have also increased because of revenue from the recyclable material and from reduced trash-removal fees. The expected savings are a green $300,000 to $400,000 this year.

Recycling participation is now up to 85 percent in Wilmington, Del., since the city partnered with RecycleBank in 2006.

Before the program, 2 percent of Wilmington's total waste was recycled. Now, 34 percent is recycled. Still, the city has not yet saved enough to pay for the $2 per home it pays RecycleBank. City officials hope to break even when 50 percent of waste is recycled.

Wilmington Mayor James M. Baker says the rewards program "provides our citizens with another reason to recycle beyond the already rewarding environmental reason."

Anthony Casali, New England regional manager for RecycleBank, said, "Everybody who touched the program, it's a win-win situation for them, whether it's the local economy, whether it's the household, whether it's the particular trash company and, of course, the city itself."

Cash for Recycling Web sites:

www.recyclebank.com -- cash for trash

www.cellforcash.com -- cash for cell phones

www.gazelle.com -- cash for electronics

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