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Recycle Bank in Valparaiso

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Alex Lawson

on 29 April 2013

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photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Cash For Trash Recycling in Valparaiso The recycling service is headed by the Department of Public Works The Problem On their website, the Department says that 52% of waste is recycled, which is good compared to other cities. The Solution After some research, we discovered a system called a Recycle Bank which was successfully used in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. How It Works In the words of Chris Higgins, the overseer of Recycle Bank in Cherry Hill, the process can be summed up in two simple steps.
STEP 1: The amount of material each home recycles is quickly and easily measured.
-This can be done with a simple weighing scale. Conclusion Works Cited Brennan, Jason. "Affluent Magazine - The Authority on Lifestyle." Reasons Why You Should Recycle. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2013.

"Recycling Basics." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2013.

"Welcome to an Engaged Community." Cherry Hill, NJ. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

"Welcome to an Engaged Community." Valparaiso, IN. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

Wicker, Alden. "7 Clever And Innovative Ways To Get People To Recycle (PHOTOS)." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 30 Sept. 2010. Web. 22 Apr. 2013.

Zeller, Tom. "Why Recycle?" High-Tech Trash. N.p., Jan. 2008. Web. 22 Apr. 2013. The City of Valparaiso has been a leader in municipal recycling services for more than 15 years.

-A 52% diversion rate - which means more than half of the city’s curbside waste is diverted from the landfill and recycled.

The city, by recycling, saves tax dollars from being wasted on landfill fees However, this means 48%, almost half, of the cities waste isn't being recycled. So we asked ourselves, what can we do to help? What is Recycling? To treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse: For example recycling paper to save trees. By: Alex Lawson, Adam Wick, Jacob Alva, & Tyler Pritchett This means that there is room for improvement to increase recycling rates. Not to mention...the city is actually losing tax dollars in land fill fees. According to an article by National Geographic writer Tom Zeller recycling:
-saves energy by lowering demand
-conserves natural resources
-reduces the amount of waste being burned or buried
-limits pollution The system was mentioned in a Huffington Post article titled "7 Clever & Innovative Ways to Get People to Recycle"

A Recycle Bank is a proven rewards system that motivates people to recycle. One week after it was implemented, Cherry Hill's recycling rates went up 137%. Results for Cherry Hill, NJ -Even more tax dollars saved by not going to land fills in a recovering economy
-An improved environment
-An even better diversion rate Recycle Bank is a proven system that has significantly improved recycle rates and helped the environment.

By our assessment the City of Valparaiso has nothing to really lose by implementing this system.
-It will save tax payer money
-Promote local businesses
-Motivate citizens to recycle
-Improve recycle rates
-Help out the environment The Points STEP 2: Then converting that into Recycle Bank "reward dollars" or points. These can be used at hundreds of local & national rewards partners such as Whole Foods, Yo plait, & McDonalds. Why Recycle? $4 The Businesses Obviously the businesses will not do this for nothing, so their must be something they get in exchange. By having their name mentioned in this endeavor, the businesses will benefit in two specific ways
-Free advertising
-Good publicity For example, a person garners up to 50 lbs of recyclables, that person would get 100 points in Recycle Bank, which could get them anything from a coupon at McDonalds to a 2 for 1 half price off Gatorade deal at a Family Express. Projected Results for Valparaiso One of the main reasons Recycle Bank has succeeded is because the businesses that participated in the program could decide how points could be used at their own specific business. -There is no one size fits all
-Each circumstance is unique and both sides end up happy. The Points Being Exercised -A ratio of 2 points to every pound of recyclables +137% Thank you & we hope you enjoyed our presentation. President Jimmy Carter once said "Solid wastes are the discarded leftovers of our advanced consumer society. This growing mountain of garbage and trash represents not only an attitude of indifference toward valuable natural resources, but also a serious economic and public health problem." What is Recycle Bank? https://magic.piktochart.com/output/405ee677-a4fa-41f3-94a1-f6a6c480df29 Infographic
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