The program that rewards Hutchinson residents who use curbside recycling is changing.
A new program called Recycling Perks is replacing Recyclebank later this month.
“We sent out 11,000 mailers, so we’re getting a lot of calls with questions,” said Lucas Sharp, commercial account manager for Stutzman Refuse Disposal. “This affects everyone in the county.”
Residents must register with the new program to earn points that, as with Recyclebank, can be redeemed for discounts at area retailers.
Recycling Perks will focus much more heavily on local retailers and less on national or Wichita businesses, Sharp said.
“They deal with 95 percent local,” he said.
Points that users have accumulated with Recyclebank, however, will not directly transfer and will be void at the end of August.
“If you do a screenshot or make some kind of record of how many points you have, they will do a conversion which is roughly a Recycling Perk point for every three Recyclebank points,” Sharp said. “It’s 3.1 to 5, so if you had 1,562 points with Recyclebank, you’d get 500 Perk Points.”
Proof of the points can be emailed to Stutzman Recycling, or dropped off at its office in South Hutchinson, Sharp said.
Residents who participate in curbside recycling receive 50 points every time their container is picked up, which is every other week, or 100 points per month.
There is a 100 point signup bonus for new accounts and 500 additional points for those participating in the previous recycling rewards program who use the promo code NEWPERKS when registering.
Each eligible resident who signs up for a Recycling Perks account by Aug. 31, will also be entered for a chance to win a $50 gift card.
The Recycle Perks website was scheduled to go live Aug. 1 for Hutchinson residents. Buhler residents have been on the new program since June.
Recyclebank points must be redeemed by Aug. 31.
Businesses interested in participating by offering discounts or specials for points are advised to call area Recycle Points presentative Sarah Runyan at email@example.com.
“The biggest reason for the change is that Recycle Bank got too big and stopped improving and innovating,” Sharp said. “They didn’t have a local rep. If you were a business and had issues with a reward, you had to call a rep in Texas. There were communication breakdowns a lot.”
He has talked to a lot of customers, Sharp said, who’d stopped using the program because they saw little value in the points, which were primarily from national chains.
“Now, instead of seeing Hibbits, you’ll see Browns for shoes,” he said of the new program.
“We are excited to be partnering with a company that is aligned with our values of supporting and enriching our local economy,” stated Dustin Kalp, Stutzman Refuse Disposal District Manager, in a news release. “Recycling Perks has proven a strategy of integrating local businesses into their program, bringing great worth to both businesses and the residents of our community.”
Activate the free account at www.RecyclingPerks.com.
Recyclers can log into RecyclingPerks.com 24/7 to trade in earned points for discounts from local businesses. They can also add household members to the account to share the common earned points.
Users who do not have access to electronic devices can access the program by calling 855-813-2154.
Local businesses can learn more about participating by going to https://goo.gl/2igwkf