NE residents like their recycling rewards

Every Phil­adelphia res­id­ent is sup­posed to re­cycle.

Un­for­tu­nately, the city’s re­cyc­ling cor­por­ate part­ner, Re­cycle Bank, has no fig­ures on what per­cent­age of Phil­adelphi­ans ac­tu­ally fol­low the re­cyc­ling laws.

But the firm knows at least one thing about the city’s res­id­ents: folks liv­ing in the North­east ex­pect more in re­turn for re­cyc­ling than res­id­ents of any oth­er part of the city do.

About 16 per­cent of house­holds in the North­east have re­gistered for Re­cycle Bank’s re­wards pro­gram, said Fe­li­cia Park­er-Cox, com­munity out­reach man­ager for the firm, while ad­dress­ing the monthly meet­ing of the 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil.

This is not to say that just 16 per­cent of North­east res­id­ents re­cycle. It does mean they have chosen to re­ceive free coupons for loc­al res­taur­ants, su­per­mar­kets, de­part­ment stores, mu­seums and oth­er busi­nesses, in ex­change for the trash that they re­cycle.

The re­wards pro­gram has been in place in the North­east for about 18 months and is now in ef­fect city­wide. About 33 per­cent of the city’s trash is now di­ver­ted in­to the re­cyc­ling pro­gram, Park­er-Cox said.

Both the city and Re­cycle Bank want the “di­ver­sion” ra­tio and the re­wards pro­gram par­ti­cip­a­tion to climb a lot high­er.

Re­gis­tra­tion for the pro­gram is free and simple. Res­id­ents can call 311 or the Re­cycle Bank toll-free num­ber 888-769-7960, or vis­it­­cycles to re­gister.

They will re­ceive a bar-coded stick­er to af­fix to their re­cyc­ling con­tain­er. When the re­cyc­ling truck comes to their house, the truck will col­lect the con­tents of the con­tain­er and read the bar code. That house­hold will get cred­it for re­cyc­ling that day.

At the end of the day, the truck will be weighed to de­term­ine how much re­cycled ma­ter­i­als were col­lec­ted from the neigh­bor­hood. Re­ward points will be dis­trib­uted equally among par­ti­cipants in each neigh­bor­hood based on the total weight.

The sys­tem is called a “com­munity weight-based” re­wards pro­gram, Park­er-Cox said.

Par­ti­cipants can mon­it­or their points ac­counts via the Web site or the toll-free Re­cycle Bank num­ber. Par­ti­cipants can re­ceive coupons by e-mail or U.S. Mail. Par­ti­cipants can re­deem points whenev­er and however they choose, or they may save their points in­def­in­itely.

In ad­di­tion to the re­wards pro­gram, Re­cycle Bank spon­sors a Green Schools Grant pro­gram that last year dis­trib­uted $28,000 to Phil­adelphia schools for se­lec­ted pro­jects.

Re­cycle Bank is ac­cept­ing ap­plic­a­tions for this year’s grant pro­gram. The dead­line is Dec. 15. Schools must be with­in Phil­adelphia and de­clare a spe­cif­ic pro­ject, such as plant­ing a garden or start­ing a re­cyc­ling pro­gram. Call 888-769-7960 for in­form­a­tion.

• Of­ficers Dan But­ler and Randy Vo­gt were named Of­ficers of the Month for Oc­to­ber for cap­tur­ing two strong-arm rob­bery sus­pects.

On Sat­urday, Oct. 15, at about 4 p.m., the of­ficers took a re­port of a rob­bery at the AAA gas sta­tion at 10188 Bustleton Ave. The vic­tim said that two known males punched him, threw him against a car, ripped a gold chain from his neck and broke his sunglasses. He provided names for both sus­pects.

At 9:25 that night, But­ler and Vo­gt were com­plet­ing a car stop at Bustleton and Benton av­en­ues when Vo­gt saw a blue Volk­swa­gen fit­ting the de­scrip­tion of the rob­bery sus­pects’ vehicle. It was trav­el­ing south­bound on the 8500 block of Al­gon Ave.

The of­ficers ran the vehicle’s tag, which was linked to one of the named sus­pects. When the of­ficers stopped the car, one of the sus­pects was driv­ing, while the second sus­pect was in the pas­sen­ger seat.

But­ler and Vo­gt ar­res­ted the males for rob­bery and re­lated charges.

• The 7th PDAC nom­in­ated three of its ex­ec­ut­ive board mem­bers for new two-year terms. Chair­man Mike My­ers, vice chair­wo­man Greta Kley­man and treas­urer Roslyn Rob­bins all were elec­ted by un­an­im­ous con­sent in the ab­sence of oth­er nom­in­ees.

Re­cord­ing sec­ret­ary Sis­ter Ther­ese Ty­giel­ska was un­able to ac­cept the nom­in­a­tion for a new term. The po­s­i­tion will re­main open un­til a new nom­in­ee is found.

The new terms will take ef­fect in Janu­ary and con­tin­ue through Decem­ber 2013.

• The 7th dis­trict and its ad­vis­ory coun­cil seek dona­tions for their an­nu­al hol­i­day party for Fox Chase Cham­pi­ons at Know­lton Man­sion on Dec. 13. The party be­ne­fits spe­cial needs chil­dren and young adults in the com­munity.

Donors can con­trib­ute money or new, un­wrapped gifts that will be giv­en to the chil­dren and young adults. Call 215-686-3070 for in­form­a­tion.

• The 7th PDAC seeks vo­lun­teers and dona­tions of money, pre­pared food or ser­vices, along with gift cer­ti­fic­ates or oth­er tokens of ap­pre­ci­ation, for the an­nu­al Po­lice and Fire­fight­ers Ap­pre­ci­ation Din­ner on Jan. 5 at the Bustleton and Bowl­er sta­tion. Buf­fet meals will be served to mem­bers of the 7th dis­trict, En­gine 62, Lad­der 34 and Med­ic 6 in ap­pre­ci­ation for the work they do throughout the year. Spon­sors may send gifts to “7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil,” at 9845 Bustleton Ave., Suite 4, Phil­adelphia, PA 19115, or call 267-888-7695 to ar­range for a pick-up. ••

Re­port­er Wil­li­am Kenny can be reached at 215-354-3031 or

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