RecycleBank set to begin for Alcoa residents

The City of Alcoa recently announced that its new rewards-for-recycling program is set to begin the week of February 1, 2011. Following the unanimous approval of the Alcoa Board of Commissioners in September, the City and Waste Connections, the City’s contract waste and recycling hauler, joined forces with RecycleBank to offer the new program to Alcoa residents and small businesses.

Already a success in Knox County, Oak Ridge and Jefferson City, more than 500 communities across 28 states and in the United Kingdom, RecycleBank, encourages people to recycle by rewarding households with points for their efforts. RecycleBank points are redeemable for discounts at over 2,300 RecycleBank partners. National partners include Wal-Mart, Olive Garden, McDonalds, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Ruby Tuesdays and more (see

Those who previously signed up for the program should receive a letter in the mail in early January welcoming them to the program followed by information from RecycleBank on how to activate their account. Waste Connections will begin delivering new 95-gallon recycling carts to households and businesses who signed up for the program the week of Jan. 24, 2011.

Alcoa Mayor Don Mull encourages those who have not signed up for the program to do so by saying, “Fill your wallet not the landfill. It’s the right thing to do. RecycleBank is a great way to protect our environment while stimulating our local economy by using RecycleBank points. Recycling keeps our community clean while the RecycleBank program provides meaningful, everyday savings to Alcoa homes and businesses.”

It is not too late to subscribe. If you have not already signed up for RecycleBank, you may do so by calling 865-380-4800, emailing, or by signing up in person at the City of Alcoa Municipal Building.

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