Alhambra recently became the fifth city in California to partner with Recyclebank, a company that provides incentives for recycling through a rewards system.
While local jurisdictions are required to meet waste diversion goals in California, there is no law requiring an individual to recycle. Recyclebank, which launched in Alhambra on April 4 in partnership with the city and Allied Waste, grants residents savings at local businesses if they take action to help the environment.
California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), an organization aimed at bringing together the state's waste and recycling programs, supports the idea of green rewards, stating that programs like Recyclebank encourage environmentalism at the individual level. "They're incentivizing people to think before they throw," said CalRecycle Spokesman Mark Oldfield.
Residents are rewarded points based on how much they recycle — points that can be exchanged for discounts and deals at over 3,000 businesses. In addition to savings from national partners like Ziploc and Bed Bath & Beyond, Alhambra residents can save at local businesses as well. Deals include savings at restaurants such as Cha for Tea and Wahib's Middle East Restaurant and a free detox foot bath at Yonemoto Physical Therapy.
"It's really a great opportunity for folks in Alhambra to see everyday savings for everyday green actions," said Recyclebank Spokeswoan Randi Desiderio, who added that residents can also earn points at Recyclebank.com.
If you are a resident of Alhambra and live in a single-family household, you can sign up on the Recyclebank website, register your home recycling account and begin logging your green actions.