Recyclebank Rewards Program launched for Lancaster residents

RecyclebankLANCASTER – Waste Management of Antelope Valley Monday announced the launch of a new rewards-for-recycling program from Recyclebank®, in the City of Lancaster.

Recyclebank rewards people with discounts and deals for taking every day green actions.

It’s similar to a frequent flyer program, only members earn Recyclebank Points each time they recycle. Points can be used to redeem discounts and deals from hundreds of locally-based businesses and national brands.

Rewards partners include local businesses, such as Xogurt, Sassy Couture, 1800 Burritos & Tacos, The Brooklyn Deli, Vitamin World, Adams Barbershop, Pinker’s Place, Juice Box, The Bandstand Coffee, Tea & Niall’ami, as well as national partners like Ziploc®, Coca-Cola®, Unilever®, and many others. Over the course of a year, an average member can earn hundreds of points that can be redeemed for special rewards, translating into real value — more than $165 annually.

“Recyclebank is a great program for Lancaster residents to get coupons and discounts for doing the same thing they have been doing for years — recycling,” said Sandra Pursley, Waste Management representative. “Waste Management already makes recycling easy through our curbside recycling program.  And now, recycling is even more rewarding for Lancaster families because the more they recycle, the more reward points they can earn.”

Last week, Lancaster residents received an introduction letter, which outlined the benefits of the program, as well as signup instructions.

To participate in the Recyclebank program and begin earning points for recycling at home, residents must first register for a free account at and verify their home address.

Once a Recyclebank member, residents earn points each time they recycle. Each time a neighborhood’s recycling is collected, the weight of the collected material is converted to Recyclebank Points. Those who are Recyclebank members will automatically receive their share of the points for their recycling efforts. Residents can also earn bonus points each week when they report their recycling efforts on the Recyclebank website or on the Recyclebank iPhone and Android mobile apps.

“At Recyclebank, we believe that individual actions toward sustainability can collectively make a huge impact on our environment,” said Lucie Poulicakos, vice president at Recyclebank. “We are excited to be launching the Recyclebank program in Lancaster and look forward to rewarding residents for their everyday green actions.”

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Lancaster businesses who want to be a part of rewarding their neighbors for their recycling efforts can sign up to offer discounts to City of Lancaster residents by contacting Lynn O’Shaughnessy at or 212-659-9984.

The following is a list reminding residents of the acceptable materials for curbside recycling:

  • Aluminum – Beverage cans (empty)
  • Plastic, Shrink Wrap & Plastic Bags -Bottles and containers labeled #1 – #7. Look for the recycle symbol on the bottom of the container (empty- labels ok)
  • Glass – All food and beverage containers that are brown, green and clear (empty- labels & lids ok)
  • Metal Containers – All metal, food and beverage containers and scrap metal (empty- labels ok)
  • Newspaper & Junk Mail – And everything else that comes in it.
  • Paper – Color, white and office paper.
  • Cardboard – Paper bags, cereal and food boxes, egg cartons, shoe boxes.
  • Other – Tin, junk mail, magazines and telephone books.

(Information via press release from Waste Management of Antelope Valley.)

  5 comments for “Recyclebank Rewards Program launched for Lancaster residents

  1. Nikolas
    February 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    I signed up for this program. However, I keep all of my aluminum cans and recycle those myself over at Lee’s Bees.

    I only place the less-valuable items in the Waste Management bins (cardboard, paper, glass bottles, random plastic, etc.).

    So I’ll still earn points for recycling the items that otherwise don’t have much value. :-)

    • sammy P
      February 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      Lee’s Bees is great. they give big carts to the homeless to get cans… well, they used to years ago… I hope they still do…

  2. Gladys
    February 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

    If the Recycle people didn’t see money in this program they would never have started this program. Days of people doing anything for the good of the planet are gone or few and far between.
    I have recycled for years. Infact my actual blue garbage can could be downsized to a 5 gallon bucket. Why isn’t a smaller can offered from Waste Management at a reduce rate? As it is, I only put my blue can out at the curb every couple of weeks and only then because of the dog poop inside. (I want to spread the love)

  3. Mike B.
    February 5, 2013 at 7:14 am

    If you read beyond the hype youwill find it is a way for marketing and spam to the participants. The benefits are far outweighed by the costs in privacy invasion.

  4. sammy P
    February 5, 2013 at 12:29 am

    I did a google search of “recyclebank scam” and found a few interesting things.

    The “points” you earn are much less valuable then the value of the recycled material you get if you just take them to the recycling center. We all know the value of an aluminum can or a 2 liter plastic bottle, I seriously doubt many residents are going to want to give all their recycling away to some company in return for points they can use on a magazine subscription or a Slurpee. When I fill up a few bags of recycling, that’s a tank of gas. I would rather have that then some points.

    This program seems like it would work better in wealthier communities where people still throw away their bottles and cans and might just fall for the “go green” sales pitch. But I have doubts this program will do well in Lancaster.

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