Eagle River selected by SC Johnson to take part in nationwide recycling challenge

Winner receives $100,000 grant


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Do you recycle? If not, it’s time to start.

Eagle River has been selected as one of 50 communities across the U.S. to participate in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge.

SC Johnson will present the winning community with a $100,000 grant for a community sustainability project.

The six-month competition began July 2, and the winner, which will be announced January 2013, is the community with the highest participation rate per capita. In order to participate, residents in each community — one in each state — must register for a free Recyclebank account at www.recyclebank.com/greenchoices.

Residents need to report their recycling efforts at least once a month on the Recyclebank website and/or via the Recyclebank app. A leader board tracking each community will be updated monthly starting mid-August on the same site.

A New York-based company, Recyclebank rewards people for living more environmentally friendly lives with discounts on food, clothing, etc. from more than 3,000 national and local businesses. Recyclebank has partnered with SC Johnson for its first recycling challenge to help “reduce waste and increase recycling participation rates nationwide,” according to Recyclebank account manager Jamie Staples.

“Americans recycle only one and a half pounds of the more than four pounds of waste they generate daily, adding unnecessary waste to our nation’s landfills,” Staples said via email, citing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website.

Another goal of the challenge is to help SC Johnson become landfill neutral by the end of 2016, Staples wrote.

Eagle River was selected to take part in the challenge based on its population size, existing recycling infrastructure and no previous participation in a rewards-for-recycling program, Staples said.

“Recyclebank suggested that the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge could be a great fit for the folks in Eagle River,” she wrote.

The winning community will have to submit its plan for how they intend to use the grant, which must be used for a project or program that promotes sustainability, Staples said.

A committee from SC Johnson and Recyclebank will determine if the project meets the criteria before the grant is awarded, she wrote.

Currently, Alaska Waste offers curbside recycling in Eagle River every other week for $9.68 a month. Acceptable materials include aluminum, tin and steel cans, mixed paper and plastic bottles.

For more information about curbside recycling and the schedule, visit www.alaskawaste.net/recycle.htm.

For more information about the recycling challenge, visit Recyclebank’s website.

 

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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