Michigan City Quadruples Recycling with Recyclebank

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

May 23, 2014

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Michigan City Quadruples Recycling with Recyclebank

Officials in the city of Rochester Hills, Mich., said its recycling has more than quadrupled in the past five years since its partnership with Recyclebank, and it has renewed the relationship for another five years.

Rochester Hills said in a news release that the city has expanded its household recycling program and implemented single-stream collection since 2008, when it partnered with the New York-based Recyclebank, which provides resident discounts and has partnered with Republic Services Inc. The moves have resulted in a 323 percent increase in the pounds recycled for the city.

Rochester Hills said it was the first community in the Midwest to offer Recyclebank’s program.

Since 2009, Rochester Hills residents have increased recycling to an average rate of 670 pounds per household per year, with a 27-percent diversion rate. Overall, Rochester Hills has collected nearly 22 thousand incremental recycling tons since April 2009.

The combination of money saved by residents and spent at local businesses from the reward redemption totals more than $1.9 million since January 2011.

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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