by Matt Mauro (WICHITA, Kan.)
Would you recycle if you got something in return from it? Waste Connections and RecycleBank hope you do. That's why in February of next year, they're starting a partnership in Wichita to offer people incentives to recycle.
If you join the program, you'll get a special recycling container from Waste Connections. It'll have a computer chip in it so that each week when the truck goes to empty the bin, it'll measure and record how much you're recyling. That translates to points and then you can trade those points for free products and gift certificates at places such as Target.com and Kraft Foods. RecycleBank also hopes to add local stores soon.
With the program, families average about $20 a month in rewards. They can get up to $40 a month. Waste Connections charges about $4 a month for curb-side recycling.