AUGUST 2009

RecycleBank launches recycling program in Westland, Michigan

Westland, Michigan, Mayor William R. Wild successfully ushered RecycleBank, the rewards-for-recycling program, to over 26,000 households in Westland.

Westland looks to save a considerable amount of money through diverting recyclables away from the waste stream and into a profitable recycling market.

In June, single-family households were provided with 96-gallon wheeled recycling carts that feature an ID tag, which match the cart to the household account number. Republic Services trucks, retrofitted with special technology, track recycling activity. Once the pick-up route is complete, the total weight of the amount of material the community recycled is divided among participating households and then converted into RecycleBank Points.