You can get some neat stuff from recycling regularly and support local businesses. If you didn’t already know, when Richmond city rolled out those large cans, it was the first step in a partnership which included an incentive program for residents. It’s super simple and you probably already have been doing everything you need to without realizing it.
How it works
Because each cart is equipped with a radio frequency identification device (RFID) tag tracking mechanism, every time you put your can out, it registers and you receive points. You can then cash in the points for coupons and discounts at local businesses. You’ll need to create an account with Recycling Perks in order to access these rewards. Once you’re registered, you can browse the participating businesses and redeem your selected promotion. An interesting added feature is you can sign up for reminders for pick up days and your account will keep track of your registered serial number and RFID tag on your bin.
What you get
Other than the fulfillment from keeping plastic items out of dumps and oceans that will be around for 450 years +…. literally. You can redeem your points for some great local places. That’s one of the most enticing things about the program, they focus on local businesses and try to recruit new options regularly. I have used my points to reduce the cost to repair my cellphone screen at Fruit Fixed after a plummet into an unforgiving cobblestone street. Locally, you can get $5 off a $75 purchase at Farm Fresh or a free dessert at Station 2. If you want to go out and explore, the Valentine Museum has a 50% off admission and BOGO at the Science Museum.
Recycling PSA: When to put out and bring in your cans
City Ordinance, No. 2007-230-275 allows receptacles to be placed on City property or in the public right-of-way no earlier than 4:00 p.m. the day prior to collection and requires the receptacles be removed by 7:00 a.m. the day after collection. The city of Richmond will issue warnings for refuse and recycling receptacles left in the public right of way outside of specified collection times. The trash and recycling receptacles used by Richmond residents and businesses will be subject to these warnings. The City’s Department of Public Works will place yellow warning stickers on receptacles that must be removed. Leaving receptacles on public sidewalks, alleys, roads and other city property isn’t just unsightly, it also creates unsafe conditions for pedestrians and vehicles. Please help keep these areas attractive and safe by removing your receptacles outside of the specified collection times.