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[GreenYes] Re: RecycleBank

I agree with you that a boost of awareness if better than none. If they
want to stay long term, they should organize talks at schools or
community centres in the neighbourhood they pick up recyclables from.
Eg, Muda Paper conducts talk on how to make handmade paper out of

<-----Original Message----->
>From: retroworks [ingenthron@no.address]
>Sent: 2/15/2007 4:27:48 AM
>To: GreenYes@no.address
>Subject: Re: [GreenYes] Re: RecycleBank
>On a less high tech basis, MA DEP ran some very successful "recycle
>lottery" programs in the 1990s, randomly selecting houses with blue
>bins properly set out, and awarding them ($200 cash, I think).
>There was some evidence that it created a huge short-term effect on
>set out rates, up over 40% in Somerville for 2 months or so. While
>some thought the program was weaker over the longer term, I always
>thought a short term boost could be perfect when the recycling market
>fluctuates anyway. In fact, I advised Fred Prins to throw his 1995
>paper windfall in to a recycling lottery program. Instead, he offered
>to pay the cities for material in return for giving him a longer, 10-
>year contract, to pay for the material. The cities enjoyed their
>share of the windfall, but could not produce any more material with
>it, and when demand levelled back off, Prins went bankrupt.
>I think the lottery could be as effective and simpler than Recycle
>Bank, as promising as the latter looks. I would expect to find more
>bricks and waterlogged ONP in the RB's commingled stream in the long

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