Monday, April 27, 2009

It Pays to Recycle. Literally.

In the city of Wilmington, Delaware, we are paid to recycle. Your ginormous recycling bin has a bar code which is scanned every time your recycling is picked up. You accumulate points which can be redeemed for everything from gift certificates to discounts at local retailers.

I just got this for free from Amazon with my recycling points:


How jealous are you? You should really go to Recyclebank.com and see how you can get this in your city or town. It's single-stream recycling: you just throw everything in one bin; no separating whatsoever.

I love this book. Here are a few of my favorite images:


I love the lived-in, really individual look of most of the castles homes.

That's it for today. I'm busy painting my bathroom (still). I'll give you a sneak peek later.

15 comments:

Jill said...

Jealous alot!! What a cool program.

Pigtown-Design said...

Jealous doesn't even begin to describe how I feel!!!

pillow mint said...

you, gorgeous, are very, very lucky!

David said...

And Wilmington moves up another notch on my places-to-visit list.

Can't wait to see your paint either!

erin@designcrisis said...

No fair! We're lucky if the trash people don't dump our recycling bin contents all over the street, thus totally canceling out our good faith effort to save the earth.

I hear you're painting the bathroom black... oh la la!

Julie said...

how exciting!

Stephanie said...

Aw, nerds! Prizes for recycling? That's awesome.

The only prize you get in the Cleve is the pat you give yourself on the back.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! And lucky you, a new book, too. Can life get any better?

Raina said...

What a great idea! I have that book on my Amazon wish list.

g. said...

What an amazing idea. Very smart.

nath said...

Just saw your comment over at Design Crisis, and thought I come over for a gander.

Then I read this post and saw that you actually live in Utopia! Amazing!

Here in England, especially where I live, we have a somewhat prehistoric attitude to recycling, which is very annoying and why I have a bag of tin foil on the back of my kitchen door, a compost bin and a whole load of tetrapacks, you just have to do it yourself.

nkp said...

Yes, I am sooooo jealous. I have been debating over that book for ages. And now your favorites are my favorites.

Yay, bathroom makeover, share soon please. :0)

The TownhouseLady said...

How Jealous am I? Uhhh VERY!

That really is a great idea. Kudos on the awesome book.

hello gorgeous said...

Nath: I laughed out loud when I read your comment. I have never heard Delaware described as Utopia.

I think it's making up for the fact that there was no curbside recycling program at all until a couple of years ago and you paid extra for it.

Whatever. It works now.

hmstrjam said...

love this book

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