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Recycling has become a fairly common daily routine and social practice.

You’ll see recycling bins at airports, amusement parks, shopping centers, and tourist destinations. You may have a recycling station at your place of work, or there might be one at your kids’ school. You do it, your neighbors do it, even celebrities and government officials do it. We may do it for the planet or the greater, greener good; or we may do it simply because it’s legally required in our town, state or country. However, there are still those who don’t do it—or perhaps they do, but they expect something in return for their efforts.

There was a time where you could turn in aluminum cans or even glass bottles for cash—usually a small amount, like 5 cents per can. Some areas may still hold this practice, but in most cases it’s probably outdated by now. Fortunately, there is another recycling program out there that will literally let you take your recycling efforts to the bank. Conveniently enough, the program is called: RecycleBank.

To describe the program in the simplest way: all you have to do is go to their site, register, and start recycling to earn points. However, there is a bit more to it than that. Currently, RecycleBank only operates in certain cities (you can search their site to find out if yours is included). However, you can also make a request to start their program in your own community.

You see, by joining their Home Recycling program, you will be using a recycling bin unique to the program. This bin has a tag that the trucks use to identify your home and RecycleBank account. Every time the recycling truck comes to pick up your recyclables, your RecycleBank bin is weighed. For every pound recycled in this bin, you will receive 2.5 reward points in your RecycleBank account (you can receive up to 450 points per month). These points can be redeemed through a number of well-known companies, including: Seventh Generation, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gaiam, Kiss My Face, Kmart, Plant A Tree USA, Rite Aid, McDonald’s, Papa John’s Pizza, and thousands more!

Ah, but there is always the chance the RecycleBank Home Recycling program may not be available in your area (even upon request). You may be thinking there’s nothing else you can do with the program at that point—but you are wrong! On top of the Home Recycling program, Recycle Bank also has the following options available:

Electronics Recycling – Earn at least 10 points per electronic device you send in (and up to 10,000 points!). These devices will either be completed recycled and kept out of landfills or they may be re-used after all personal data is completely (and securely) removed from the device.

1-800-GOT-JUNK? – Do you have stuff lying around your home or business that you simply don’t know what to do with? You don’t have the room to store it, no one is willing to buy it and the garbage truck just won’t take it off your hands. 1-800-GOT-JUNK? Will come to your home or work, and take away everything that you tell them to. Their work includes the loading, clean up and recycling—all you have to do is point out what you don’t want to keep around anymore (this does not include lazy spouses or teenagers). Rest assured that over 60% (if not all of) your stuff will either be completely recycled or donated to a good cause. Also, for every dollar you spend, you’ll receive 3 points, on top of an additional 500 point bonus for taking part in this program!

Visa’s Gconomy Card – Thinking about getting a credit card? Try this one out for size—it’s made from 55% recycled plastic. After your first purchase, you get 2,500 RecycleBank points. For every dollar spent at a RecycleBank Rewards Partner, you will receive 1.5 points. For every dollar spent anywhere Visa is accepted, you will receive 1 point. Oh, and with every purchase you make, RecycleBank makes a direct contribution to the Green Schools Program!

eBay’s Green Team – Are you addicted to eBay? Then check this program out. By joining eBay’s Green Team, you will receive 50 RecycleBank points.

Apart from all the programs and rewards available through RecycleBank, you can also discover some useful green living tips and also further information on the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle).

Head over to RecycleBank now to get started!