Toledo City Council trashes Groceries for Garbage idea

(WTOL) - Toledo City Council rejected the Groceries for Garbage proposal at a meeting Tuesday, Sept. 1.

The plan would have raised the trash fee. But it also would have given residents coupons for area businesses based on how much they recycled.

Posted Aug. 4, 2009

By Rob Wiercinski - bio | email

Updated by Kate Oatis - email

TOLEDO (WTOL) - The new twist to the ongoing debate over whether or not to raise the city's trash fee is a proposal to create a reward system for recycling, to offer incentives to Toledoans to help offset the cost of increasing the monthly solid waste fee.

Indeed, a plan being considered by council would create a reward system for recycling.

"People who recycle and participate in the program could get gift certificates to Kroger or Meijer," explained City Council's Joe McNamara.

A company called Recycle Bank is making the pitch. For a small fee, the firm would administer an online and over-the-phone program, where people would track their recycling and rewards.

Carol Cierniak moved to Toledo from Wilmington, Del., where the Recycle Bank program is being used.

"It was awesome. It was the best thing in the world. All you did was clean everything, throw it in your bin -- paper, plastic, metal, it didn't matter and how much weight you had is what you got a coupon for," said Cierniak.

Cierniak says the incentives converted her into a recycler.

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