RecycleBank: Be Eco-Friendly and Earn Rewards!

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My parents were part of the original green movement. A couple of hippies (in the 1980’s), they grew their own organic vegetables, carefully kept a compost pile to use in their garden, collected things that our city would recycle and actually drove those recyclables to the recycling plant.

When we moved to a suburb of Chicago, our city was one of the first in the state to implement a recycling program — all you had to do was dump the recyclables into a specially marked orange container and once a week, the recycling truck drove on through the neighborhood and collected the recyclables. It was pretty neat — I was a wee thing at the time, but they made sure that we learned just how important it was to be green: reduce, recycle and reuse. It’s been forever engrained into my memory and my way of living.

Could I be greener? Of course I could. But I do what I can to reduce, reuse, and recycle. I even chastise people who do NOT follow those steps (type A much?) because I think it’s more important than David Hasselhoff being banned from creating music.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been remodeling my house, purging all of the unnecessary clutter and stuff I don’t need, which means that I’ve spent a ton of time deciding what to donate, what to toss, and how to manage it all. It’s a great thing to do — getting rid of those ancient unused roller skates and giving them to a new home — but it’s also a boat-load of work.

Until now.

Geek alert! I’m over here fist-bumping the cat and high-fiving myself in the mirror because I just found out about a new online website that encourages recycling and living green. I’m telling you, I haven’t been this excited about something since I learned that YouTube had a zillion videos of dancing cats (or cactuses).

The site is called “Recyclebank,” and it’s a way to earn cash rewards at a variety of companies (including Ziploc, Barns and Noble, and Pantene, to name a few), through a point system. Points are earned for performing greener tasks, like switching from paper towels to reusable hand-towels, or trading paper books in for a Nook. Kinda rad, right?

On the site, RecycleBank has compiled a number of ways in which even the greenest of us can be a little bit greener — recycling cooking oil, rather than dumping it down the drain and praying it doesn’t solidify and cause a clog in the pipes for a plumber to unclog (why yes, I speak from experience here). Of particular note to me (as I get rid of the mountain of toys my kids have amassed over the years), the site offers an entire article filled with suggestions for what to do with those gently-used toys. That’s a huge win for me! 

The site is brimming with articles that cover everything from how to throw a frugal, green wedding (no, not the color green) to how to create a greener Thanksgiving. There’s no end to the amount of material on the site, which means I’m going to have to develop a speed habit to keep up with it all — I don’t half-ass stuff like this.

That’s great and all, but what’s this about points and rewards? The premise of RecycleBank is a points system: you receive various points for doing certain things — signing up for a green e-newsletter, recycling your plastic bags rather than throwing them away, using RecycleBank’s home recycling program (in the event that you don’t have a city-wide recycling program), and referring a friend, among dozens of other small actions.

You accumulate these points and are able to redeem them for such things as $10 off a $50 purchase at Macy’s or $35 off at T-Mobile. There’s no end to the amount of points and rewards you can get through the site.

But what’s most important is this: through this process, you learn a boat-ton of green tips and ways to be kind to the Earth. Before I’d heard of RecycleBank, I’d figured that, being a product of smelly hippies, I knew just about everything there was to know about living green. Turns out? I have just as much to learn as the rest of us.

I’d love to hear YOUR recycling tips. What do you do to be green? How do you manage to reduce, reuse, and recycle?

 

 

 

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  1. Crystal.Ritchie

    3 years ago

    Oooh sweet. Sounds like a cool incentive to implement greener living!

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  2. kristinebrite

    3 years ago

    I’ve used some of the coupons I’ve gotten from Recyclebank, good stuff!

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  3. jana0926

    3 years ago

    That’s pretty cool. I’ll go check them out!

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  4. YeungJeans

    3 years ago

    Excellent! I’ll go check it out, I’m always game to do more! We donate frequently, recycle and try and make new things from old stuff… things like bedsheets and old curtains get crocheted into a rug -which was a huge project and took forever… and will be planting a lot of veggies this year!

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  5. sylviajones

    3 years ago

    this sounds fun. I should recycle more.

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  6. 2princessmama

    3 years ago

    Very cool. I will have to check it out.

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  7. Angie497

    3 years ago

    I’ve been trying to be greener, but I’d never heard of Recyclebank. What a cool idea! And to think, I had been doing a happy dance for something as simple as the fact that my complex *finally* added a dumpster for recyclables – I don’t have to keep trash in the hall closet until I’m going by the library to put stuff in *their* recycle bin. (Because, call me silly, but it doesn’t seem environmentally friendly to make an extra trip or drive several miles out of the way to drop off plastics.)

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  8. ErinInFL

    3 years ago

    Hmmm, I wonder where Becky heard about Recyclebank….

    It’s an awesome program. Our city particiaptes so I get 10 points every week I recycle then at the end of the month, after they tally thw weights, I get an average of about 170 points. Plus you get like 300 point just to sign up. We have a ton of local vendors that particiapte with coupons. I got $10 of my dog’s grooming last week!

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  9. tcaldwellbrown

    3 years ago

    My husband and I were just talking about this because sometimes, sometimes, our recycle bin is full waaaaay before the pick up and recycling gets, um, inconvenient. (whine). I am going to look into this recycle bank thing because personal rewards sound great. And, I too am in the purge of 2012 and have taken buttloads of toys and clothes to foster care and low income family programs in my area.

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  10. WalkerCynthia

    3 years ago

    I live in an RV. Since we don’t drive it around, our carbon footprint is smaller. Also, the house is smaller, so there is no room for paper towels so I use cotton towels.

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  11. Jendbd

    3 years ago

    This is interesting. I’m going to have to check it out.

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  12. lucidlotus

    3 years ago

    Living in Portlandia, I thought I knew it all about the three R’s and being green. But I didn’t know about this. Thanks for schooling me.

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  13. katrinainoregon

    3 years ago

    i like to add a 4th R—at the beginning. Refuse. cool site.

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  14. mooivrouw

    3 years ago

    I am forever trying to learn new ways to be green. It’s not always easy these days, but I really like the incentive program. It’s a little easier to remind yourself to do good for the earth if you know you’re also getting a little something back. Thanks for the tip!

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  15. drcnd21055

    3 years ago

    I’m your parent’s age and remember having to take the inserts out of the newspaper to recycle it. My ex-husband drove me crazy bringing our recycling home from vacations rather than throw things away. (We were truck camping.) Then a couple of yeasr ago I brought a bunch of stuff home from my brother’s house in another city because if physically caused me pain to see them throw aluminium cans in the trash. I’m keen to check out the website and I want to give you a big high five for the outloud laughs you have brought me through your blog. My new recycling thing: I just learned that coffee grounds and tea leaves will make my rose bushes grow better. So now, they go into my roses instead of the trash. Another thing, I’m going to try in a few months is planing herbs in my flower gardens instead of annual plants. I’ll let you know how it works out.
    Glad to be one of your newest fans.

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  16. wombatcentral

    3 years ago

    As kids in the 70’s we used to drag our wagon all over the ‘hood collecting newspapers and magazines for the annual recycling drive. Considering we were wearing some groovy patterned pants and ponchos, I’d say that was pretty hippy.

    We’re avid recyclers and try to be green, but it’s always nice to get new info about even more ways we can be crunchy recycling folk. Thanks, AB! (now if someone would just come up with a way to get our non-recycling neighbors to get a clue….)

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  17. GloriaRocks

    3 years ago

    Cool article. We compost reuse donate buy thrifted have down sized to two small cars instead of a van and a truck. we just try to be conscious of all the things we do.

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  18. sandsys

    3 years ago

    We also hauled aluminum cans over over the country looking for the next recycling location when we traveled in our RV. Now we are in an apartment where the recycling dumpster gets overfilled with stuff that isn’t always quite right. Management here needs to put out a flyer as to how to recycle. I may write it for them. :)

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  19. LisaJemison

    3 years ago

    I feel guilty about almost everything I throw away, and am always wondering what the responsible disposal method would be. I can’t wait to check this program out!

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  20. TiLaMiLa

    3 years ago

    I really like this idea. It’s a good incentive for people (who might now normally do it) to recycle. I’m all about being green, and I’m often looking for new tips.

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  21. Tlr0622

    3 years ago

    My family laughs at me for digging recyclables out of the trash! I will have to check this out. I donate a ton of paperback books and toys every year. I would love to turn them into new “stuff.”

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  22. OriginalWacky

    3 years ago

    Oh this is a great site. THank you for sharing it!

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