Recyclebank is coming to El Dorado Hills. The program offers residents incentives to do what they already do, separate their recyclables, preserve the landfills and do their part for the environment. A kickoff party will be held on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the Nugget Market parking lot in El Dorado Hills at 10 a.m.
Beginning Feb. 28 El Dorado Hills homeowners can convert their curbside recycled materials into points redeemable for discounts at area grocers, restaurants, coffee shops and apparel stores, and for gift cards and savings from major companies. In all, the program features more than 1,500 local and national businesses. Points can also be donated to environmental grants for schools.
Recyclebank is a joint program between the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado Disposal, a Waste Connections company. El Dorado Disposal District Manager Sue Farris explained how easy it is. “Without changing their curbside recycling routines, residents can earn an estimated $200 annually in points for savings on everyday products and services,” she said. “Local businesses will enjoy a cost-free opportunity to market themselves.”
Businesses can enroll in Recyclebank at no charge and with no minimum time commitments. Companies’ logos and their customized offers are featured online at www.recyclebank.com, where residents can monitor their accrued points and redeem them while shopping the rewards catalogue.
Local businesses promoting special offerings include Nugget Market, Food 4 Less, Sienna Restaurant, Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, Mama Ann’s Italian Market, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Sir Vesa’s Mexican Grill, Strings Italian Café, Togos-Baskin Robbins, KFC, ColdStone Creamery, Olympus Caffé, Barber Jon’s, Bass Lake Golf Course, EDH Music and Lazio. National companies with their own offerings include The Coca-Cola Company®, Kashi, Nestle Purina PetCare and Nature Made®.
“El Dorado Hills is among the first and by far the largest community statewide to implement Recyclebank,” said John P. Skeel, El Dorado Hills CSD general manager. “The team at El Dorado Disposal and Waste Connections are innovative partners with whom we have completed an extended agreement that improves long-term rate stability and encourages residents to further improve our waste-stream diversion rates for a cleaner environment.”
El Dorado Disposal estimates that customers will earn 10 times the the monthly participation fee of $1.49 ($1 for seniors) included in their bi-monthly statements. Customers who choose not to participate can opt out of the program without penalty at any time.
How the System Works
El Dorado Disposal trucks will electronically scan unique tags on participating customers’ recycling carts during curbside pick-ups. Recycled contents are then weighed and converted into Recyclebank Points which are deposited into customers’ RecycleBank.com accounts. Many rewards are redeemable instantly, others are mailed. Customers without Internet access can access their accounts by telephone toll-free.
To start accruing Recyclebank points, residents must complete their registration instructions received by mail, or register online at www.recyclebank.com. A bonus of 300 points will be awarded after registration. Residents with questions can visit www.eldoradodisposal.com, or call El Dorado Disposal at (530) 626-4141.