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Bluffton competes for $100,000 grant in recycling challenge

BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

The Town of Bluffton announced their participation in the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge, a nationwide contest that aims to increase household recycling participation in 50 communities across the United States.

The community with the highest reported recycling participation will receive a $100,000 grant from SC Johnson to put toward a local sustainability project. The Challenge kicks off a new partnership with Recyclebank, the company that rewards people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals and just launched in Bluffton in collaboration with Waste Management.

Bluffton joins more than 300 communities across the United States and the United Kingdom that have implemented Recyclebank to help increase recycling rates through incentives and reward residents with deals on everyday household and grocery items. In addition to significant environmental benefits, increased recycling also has a positive impact on municipal finances through disposal cost savings and revenues from the sale of recyclables.

To participate, Bluffton residents need to sign up for free at recyclebank.com/greenchoices and report their recycling activity. Residents can visit and follow the prompts to get started. Once a Recyclebank member, residents can report their recycling efforts each week to earn points by simply reporting them on the Recyclebank website or by using the Recyclebank smartphone app for their iPhone and Android devices.

In order for a resident's recycling activity to count towards the Challenge, residents must report their recycling efforts to the website at least once a month. A leader board at www.recyclebank.com/greenchoices will track progress each month, and the winning community will be announced in January 2013.

The Recyclebank rewards-for-recycling program and the SC Johnson Green Choices Recycling Challenge begins Monday, July 2 and residents can sign up for the free at www.recyclebank.com/greenchoices.

For more information on SC Johnson's sustainability efforts, visit www.scjohnson.com/greenchoices, for recycling in Sun City Hilton Head, visit www.schhnews.com and for recycling in Bluffton, visit www.townofbluffton.sc.gov or call 843.706.4500.

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