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Knoxville no longer participating in recycling rewards program

11:47 AM, Apr 24, 2013   |    comments
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The City of Knoxville is scrapping its relationship with a rewards program related to its curbside recycling program.

Since the program started, people could sign up with Recyclebank to earn rewards based on the amount they recycled.

As of May 1, city officials are cutting ties with the program because of a change in their procedures.

Until now, Recyclebank has monitored the amount of waste recycled by each household and awarded points depending on volume.  Now, they're changing to a "community-based rewards" program that would simply take the average of waste collected from all the households on a route and award points evenly.

"Even before this change, our participation rates were low when compared to the overall costs to the City for the rewards program," said David Brace, the City's Public Service Director. "We expect this change would reduce that participation even further, so working with our contractor we have decided to end our participation in the Recyclebank program."

The move will save the City more than $90,000 a year.

Any household reward points earned through Recyclebank will remain redeemable through the Recyclebank website.

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