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Seeking a better plan

Ideas surface to fix RecycleBank

January 06, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The town is starting to consider options regarding how to encourage participation in the recycling program in light of last month's vociferous hearing critical of RecycleBank

"Since we've had RecycleBank, the recycling numbers haven't changed, so to make the argument RecycleBank is an incentive program, I wouldn't agree with that," said Recycling Coordinator Melissa Joyce.

In theory, RecycleBank's program is to reward recycling by the pound with points that convert to coupons usable at various businesses. But citizens for months have complained they weren't getting an accurate number of points for the weight they were recycling and some have argued the coupons often aren't usable at local firms.

To address that, Town Manager Chris Clark said he and Town Councilor Al Vecchia independently came up with nearly the same idea — having the town create something akin to debit cards. The recycling points converted to dollars would be loaded onto those cards, which could then be used either to pay part of town bills or used at local businesses.

See Friday's Southrbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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