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
"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.