Houston ends RecycleBank partnership
By Henry Leineweber, Resource Recycling
Houston and RecycleBank are parting ways, as the fourth-largest city in the country continues to expand conventional single-stream collection.
After the partnership rolled out in 2009, diversion among participating households more than doubled. In 2010, the availability of the incentive-based recycling program was expanded from 22,000 households to 76,000 Houston households. Additional expansions through 2012 placed the total number of households eligible to participate in the program at 105,000. However, according to the Houston Chronicle, only 35,000 households were actually signed up for the program when the decision was made to end the service.
The city was paying the company approximately $567,000 per year to administer the program. The money saved by ending the program will be used to help fund an expansion of automated single-stream collection to an additional 35,000 homes.
With the growth of conventional single-stream collection in the city, the RecycleBank pilot is quietly ending on June 30.