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7 Clever And Innovative Ways To Get People To Recycle (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/30/10 09:36 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:50 PM ET

There are so many reasons to recycle: it keeps waste out of the landfill, it lessens the need for virgin plastic, metal, and paper materials, it costs the city less to take care of, and it just makes us feel good.

Unfortunately, not everyone has seen the light. We've chosen some innovative and clever programs that's trying to change this, and encourage people to recycle everything from shoes to chewing gum.

Do you have any of these programs in your own neighborhood? What do you think?


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It’s not only the nosy neighbor who’s watching in Cleveland.

Next year the city plans to give recycling carts to residents outfitted with RFID tags. If the chip indicates the recycling cart hasn’t been brought to the curb in a few weeks, a trash supervisor will sort through the trash looking for recyclables. If paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, and cans make up more than 10% of the trash, the offender receives a $100 fine.

City officials are motivated by more than just concerns for the earth. While the city has to pay $30 million a year to dispose of trash, it earns $26 per ton of recyclables.
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