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Recycling doubles under City's new program
5/20/2012

Recycling doubles under City's new program

Hagerstown, MD - Recycling is becoming a growing habit in the City of Hagerstown! According to records, nearly 43 tons of recyclables were collected in the first week that residents used their new recycling totes, which is more than twice the amount collected under the old program.
Under the previous "two-bin" program that ended in 2011, residents who wished to recycle requested bins and separated paper from other recyclables. Over the last several years, recycling rates in that program averaged less than 20 tons a week. At the start of 2012, the City moved to co-mingled, single-stream recycling and now collect trash, recycling and yard waste on the same night. The effect was recycling rates increased to around 25 tons a week. That amount drastically increased in the first week that recycling became even more convenient when residents were able to use their City-issued recycling totes with a hinged lid and wheels. For the week of April 23-28, 42.7 tons of materials were recycled. The City's hauler collected recyclables from 4,918 totes, or a participation rate of 42%, a great start to the new program.
"We're thrilled that so many residents started to recycle under this program; these results are better than any of us could have hoped for," says Rodney Tissue, City Engineer. "We're proud of our community for embracing this program; we invite more City residents to join."
If citizens keep up the pace on recycling throughout the year, it will equate to over 2,200 tons of material being diverted from a landfill and reused. "The Mayor and Council showed strong leadership in making an investment to provide each household with the tote. These numbers show that decision is a positive one." Tissue adds.
The more recyclables collected City-wide, the more points are available to those who register in the Recyclebank program. Already 20% of residents have taken advantage of this program by registering online at www.recyclebank.com/wm. Recyclebank rewards people for recycling by giving points which can be redeemed for discounts at local businesses and national chains. For example, 50 points will earn you $5 off any ticket purchase over $25 at the Maryland Theatre, 80 points will get you a buy one get one free Hagerstown Suns ticket deal, and the Gourmet Goat is offering $4 off a $20 purchase or more if you redeem 40 points. You get 300 points just for registering! Residents who recycle will see new points accumulate each time recyclables are collected from their City-issued tote. Points accumulated from the week of April 23rd should show up in accounts early next week.
Citizens can watch an overview of the Recyclebank program on Antietam Cable channel 6 that airs in rotation at the top of each hour. It is also available online at http://vimeo.com/40449225. Residents with questions can contact the Hagerstown Recycles Hotline at 301-739-8577 ext. 106.

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