Recycling rewards program comes here

Ann O'Brien said she's tried recycling before but the effort always ended up being more trouble than it was worth. Cans and plastics accumulated in the garage of her family's East Brainerd home.

But with a new program, she and 10,000 other Allied Waste customers in Hamilton County and Catoosa and Walker counties in North Georgia are reaping rewards. The RecycleBank program, which kicked off April 19, offers customers rewards for turning in plastic, paper and aluminum.

Joe Salamone, general manager of Allied Waste of Chattanooga, said the company is picking up an average of 50 tons of recyclable material per week. Pickup is every other Monday.

By using, customers can register through RecycleBank and earn rewards from a number of local retailers such as CVS Pharmacy and Dick's Sporting Goods.