The thought of getting paid to recycle may sound far brought back and you may think the story will finish with, “…and they lived happily ever after.” But that is not from Pennsylvania who has come up with the genius idea about how to encourage people to recycle. The company is termed as Recycle Bank that is a private company based in Philadelphia and has a very high tech plan about how to attract a lot people in the thought of recycling.
It may sound like a science fiction movie, but the idea is to issue wheeled totes to people that have a computer chip implanted in it that would keep information about the people who own the tote. In addition to the name, address and phone number information there would also be a Recycle Bank linked bank account number that would calculate the amount of recyclable-waste that is turned in to a collection truck that would be equipped with a special computer and barcode system. It will work along the same lines as the self-serve path at the grocery store and other retail stores.
Once the data of the weight of the recycled material is entered an amount of Recycle Bank-Dollars would be deposited into the Recycle Bank account. Then, the residents could have ingress to those recycle-dollars to be utilized at participating retailers. Some of the companies already working with Recycle Bank include Target, Starbucks and Whole Foods Market and their hopes are to have as many local businesses included as well. Some may find it to be a gratifying experience in bestowing their Recycle Bank Dollars to a regional environmental group or an establishment instead of investing the money for their personal motive. What a great idea and a great way for people to be given a chance to aid an establishment whose sole purpose it is to keep our planet alive and well? What a beautiful way for few of us being able to make our collection to the environment times twice? First by recycling and then again by being able to donate the Recycle Bank Dollars we calculate up.
When you think of it, the opportunities are nearly endless for single homes to be able to grant for the constructive modifications of our environment and if that is the case, imagine an outcome a small business could have? How many thousands of dollars and trees could be saved by the implementation of a program like Recycle Bank?
For me, this idea is a much better one than the other option proposed by some companies of “Pay-As-You-Throw” (PAYT) which operates in the conflicting direction where you would reward for what you hurl away. I guess the ideas are similar but I sure like the idea of being credited for my good deeds rather than being punished for what I throw away.
How many cities and towns could gain not just monetary benefits from a program set-up like Recycle Bank but the advantages of turning us all into recycle-oriented residents and customers?