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April 10, 2013

Recycling carts arrive, rewards program mapped out

DUNCAN — Recycling carts began arriving Tuesday at the Waste Connections plant in Duncan, moving recycling efforts even closer to reality.

About 12,000 95-gallon carts will be used in Duncan, Marlow and Comanche for recycling. The recycling program is slated to officially start May 6, and will having recycling collected twice a month.

In conjunction with the recycling program, Waste Connections will partner with Recyclebank to launch a rewards program. Through this rewards program is provide people with discounts and savings, while helping the environment.

“We’re excited about our new service in The Duncan, Marlow and Comanche area and encourage residents to recycle more with Recyclebank rewards,” Waste Connections Division Vice President Tyler Fitzgerald said. “It is a win-win situation. The City will save money over time by sending less waste to the landfill, keeping disposal rates lower longer, and residents will reap rewards for recycling.”

Recyclebank rewards people for taking green actions, including recycling. Brad Hegwer, Waste Connections district manager, said the recycling program will also be like a competition amongst the people in certain sections of each town. Hegwer said he’d like to see the program grow to including competitions among the sections and among the cities involved in the recycling program.

To participate in the Recyclebank rewards program, residents have to register for a free account on the Recyclebank website. This verifies home addresses for people wanting to take part in the program.

Hegwer said each cart will be fitted with a chip, which is similar to the Pike Pass, which is used to verify people using Oklahoma turnpikes. Only, the recycling chip will help determine the weight of the recyclables for each household.

It’s from the weight of the collected recycling that residents earn their points.

The South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority has been working toward establishing the recycling program for months, and the members signed the proposal in January. Tommy Edwards, Duncan City Council member and SCOEA chairman, released a statement about the addition of the recycling program in the three Stephens County cities.

“The South Central Oklahoma Environmental Authority is proud to further our commitment to environmental quality, and partner with Waste Connections and Recyclebank to reward our community for its recycling efforts,” Edwards said. “Community members looking to contribute to a more sustainable future for Duncan, Marlow and Comanche will now be rewarded for doing so.

“Additionally, there are economic benefits to local businesses as well as to the municipalities — making the program a win-win situation for the whole community.”

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