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Yet Another Reason We're Glad We Live In Los Angeles!

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Innovative!

Los Angeles is going to start a new pilot program with RecycleBank that will compensate households for recycling! The hope is that the city's recycling rate will go up from 65% to over 70%.

15,000 homes will be eligible for the program and the contents of their tagged bins will be weighed and recorded each week. Depending on the weight, residents earn points that they can redeem at businesses like CVS, Bed Bath & Beyond, and El Pollo Loco!

The total tally can reach the equivalent of $400 a year per household!

That's a lot of free chicken!

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46 comments to “Yet Another Reason We're Glad We Live In Los Angeles!”



  1. 1

    COOL! I like that idea!



  2. 2

    old news perez, this has been in Michigan the past 2 years…..do your research



  3. 3

    How stupid are we? California can't even pay for it's teachers or parks and so much more. Why are we spending more money that we don't have???? Perez you gotta be smarter then this.



  4. 4

    We have this in Minneapolis Suburb. Love it……



  5. 5

    I'm sure the other reason you're happy you live in LA is because it's full of FRUITS and NUTS… you happen to be BOTH!



  6. 6

    Great incentive to recycle.



  7. 7

    Only 15 thousand homes? Isn't CA big enough that they could do more than 15 thousand?



  8. 8

    I live in South Dakota and we've had this for three years now.



  9. 9

    No wonder California is crippling in debt. WHAT A WASTE of tax payer dollars



  10. 10

    Who is paying for this? The bankrupt city of LA?

    Recycling is great and all, but it's pretty much the last thing we need to worry about when teachers, fire fighters, and police are being laid off.



  11. 11

    Re: jennygo619 – agreed!!!



  12. 12

    WELL EITHER WAY EVEN IF THE PROGRAM IS IN OTHER CITIES ACROSS THE U.S. WE SHOULD BE GLAD WE ARE RECYCLING AND TRYING TO PERSERVE OUR EARTH.



  13. 13

    Uhm you have to pay people to recycle?? Sounds like a waste of money. Especially since California is BROKE.



  14. 14

    great idea to give back to the community wish they did that in brooklyn!



  15. 15

    Bet most of the bins will be filled with your book. They'll probably need a lot more bins.



  16. 16

    OLD NEWS… sorry bud.



  17. 17

    Canada has had extensive recycling programs in place for YEARS …….L.A and the U.S in general, are SO far behind!!!



  18. 18

    Its a sad state of affairs when people have to be given incentives to do something so simple as recycle waste in bins provided - how does this planet stand a chance???? Everyone needs to get off their lazy asses and do their bit because they CARE not because they can get something out of it.



  19. 19

    I agree with Zoesmom. Canada's been doing this for a while. I understand it's new and exciting, but to call Cali 'innovative'? FUCK YOU



  20. 20

    I live in upstate NY and we're starting that here, as well.. it was in the paper just this past week :)



  21. 21

    Why wouldja you be glad you live in LA? CA is bankrupt! Teachers with tenure are losing jobs! An earthquake away from devastation. No, there's a price to be paid for paradise, bro. I'll take NY anyday.



  22. 22

    I'd be very ashamed to live in LA…where I live, we just do it cause we have a conscience and are HIGHLY educated. No incentive needed. Maybe knowing our brains are actually functional and we have the ability to use logic on dealing with global issues is incentive enough!



  23. 23

    THE WHOLE OF ENGLAND HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS AND YEARS. IM NO 'TREE HUGGER' BUT I THINK THE USAS SLOW RESPONSE TO GLOBAL WARMING IS DISGUISTING-ESP CONSIDERING THE US IS THE MAIN CULPRIT FOR GLOBAL WARMING. THIS STORY IS FRANKLY EMBARRISING THAT LA IS INTRODUCING THIS SYSTEM SO LATE. IM ACTUALLY SHOCKED AT HOW FAR BEHIND PEOPLE IN THE US ARE.



  24. 24

    Uhhh NOT NEWS Perez. Definately not "innovative" either. I have been enrolled in this program for 2 years now in D.C.

    If anything D.C. is the city you should wish you lived in….at least you can get married here…..



  25. 25

    RecycleBank is a fine program but your headline makes it sound like LA is at the forefront of a new innovative program when in reality they're bringing up the rear. RecycleBank has been operating for several years all around the country.



  26. 26

    Hispanics, digging through my LA garbage bins get the recyclables out. Good for them. Money directly in their pocket, not some state coffer. Anyhow, any big municipality SORTS their garbage anyhow, so save yourself some time and just throw it all in the same bin. I'm in the recycling biz, and one bin does it for me.

    what does this have to do with narcissistic celebs anyhow?????? damn



  27. 27

    That's cool and all but you couldn't pay me enough to live in LA. I've lived in CA, TX, NY and RI. Nothing compares to the northeast.



  28. 28

    It's a terrible idea - people who are big consumers will get bigger compensation. People who use lots of bottled water will get gift cards for recycling, while the people who drink tap water, don't, because they don't have all those bottles in their recycle bin.. Totally unfair.



  29. 29

    It's a great program. By giving people an incentive to recycle, they actually recycle more, and when more is going to a recycle plant and not to a land fill, the city actually SAVES money in waste fees they would have paid. Recycle Bank just gets a portion of those savings. Its the G-conomy, people! G for Green!



  30. 30

    My neighborhood in Houston already has RecycleBank, it's neat-o!



  31. 31

    They are doing it in Phoenix as well. California is a little late in the game.



  32. 32

    So America is finally catching up to australia!!?? we have been doing that for ages!



  33. 33

    How is a "Yoghurt pot" different from an empty plastic "yogurt cup"? Curbside recycling has been in Central Texas for a while and it's been a great source of revenue for the city, who gets paid for those recycles.



  34. 34

    The City of Los Angeles has had Curbside Recycling for many years. Unfortunately, less affluent people contaminate the recycle can with Refuse. Most affluent people do recycle, but they turn in the aluminum, glass, and plastic on their own, and put paper, wire hangers, etc, in the refuse containers. Hopefully this program will give incentive for people to REALLY recycle as much as possible. By the way, that picture is NOT a City of Los Angeles issued can.



  35. 35

    Minnesota has been doing this for YEARS. California should have been on this long ago….



  36. 36

    Philly already has that

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    37

    Why are only 15,000 homes eligible? South Dakota has been doing this for awhile now…it's pretty nice if you're recycling anyway.



  38. 38

    Maybe Ca should add this as a tax write off, I recycle either way but it would be awesome (since the state has raised taxes soooo much) to be rewarded for making not only our state better, but the environment better! Pleeeeaaase, I owe so much in taxes and as many hard working people, don't have a lot of write offs, making a difference in the future would be an awesome write off.



  39. 39

    weve been doing that in Delaware for over two years. Glad CA finally caught on.



  40. 40

    EXCELLENT! Love this. I wish it was mandatory in every city in the US.



  41. 41

    We're part of a similar program that was started here in Houston last year. It's great. I'm surprised L.A. didn't do this sooner.



  42. 42

    Re: jennygo619 – It actually saves the city money. They will pay less in landfill fees if they can get more people to recycle.



  43. 43

    Re: Malta27 – he did his research retard. this is NEW to Los angeles. He didn't say it hadn't been tried other places.



  44. 44

    Re: jennygo619 – the state makes money off of recycling. As shit load of money for stuff that used to just go into a landfill



  45. 45

    Re: Starlit – it is a trial program.



  46. 46

    The city makes a nice profit off of recycling for a load of ahit that would otherwise end up in a landfill. So stop with all the "What a rip off of the poor taxpayers in their bankrupt city"…And to all you hating on L.A….We have 350 days of sunshine. Sure we have an occasional fire or earthquake but thats no biggie. The last quake to kill a single person was in 1994. How many have died in tornadoes, hurricanes, froze to death everytime you turn around in the rest of the country…