Fremont and Arlington are now service sites for Curbside Rewards, a green company that offers a unique stimulus program to customers who recycle.
“The community response has been great,” said Brian Gubbels, Vice President of Sales and Marketing and Curbside Rewards Co-Owner. “We expect 1,000 households to sign up for Curbside Rewards recycling service – the only one that gives back hundreds of dollars in savings rewards. We have an exclusive partnership with RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates people to recycle.” Gubbels, who founded Firstar Fiber in Fremont in 1998, added, “We are pleased that there are so many environmentally-conscious Fremont-area residents. We welcome everyone to do their part in the ‘green’ movement by enrolling in Curbside Rewards, plus, they’ll be rewarded for their efforts!”
Curbside Rewards’ inaugural Fremont pickup will be at the home of customer Kathy Kneifl on Thursday, October 8 at 9 a.m., with a ribbon cutting to follow at 9:30 a.m.
Kathy, the president of “Keep Fremont Beautiful,” and her husband live at 2203 East Dodge Street. She and Brian Gubbels, Co-Founder of Curbside Rewards, will be available for press interviews and photo/video ops. Curbside Rewards representatives will also be present to demonstrate how the service works. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.
How the program works:
Customers receive rewards in the form of certificates and gift cards based on the weight of their recyclables. Most customers will receive $20 to $40 a month in rewards but they can earn more, depending on how much they recycle and the rewards they choose. Customers can select rewards from national retailers such as Target, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods and Amazon.com or from local partners Harvest Health & Coffee, Buck’s Shoes, Runza and hundreds more. Participants can also convert their rewards points into donations to non-profits/charities, organizations or schools.
“Historically, communities in Nebraska have some of the lowest recycling rates in the country,” said Gubbels. “But in the cities where RecycleBank recycling is available through services like Curbside Rewards, recycling rates increase upwards of 300 percent. This tells me that Fremont and Arlington are ready to transform their communities into ‘green’ cities, which will improve the quality of life for all residents. People just need the correct tools – and more motivation – to recycle,” said Gubbels.
Every customer in Curbside Reward’s voluntary program receives a 96-gallon wheeled recycling cart with a lid, in which they co-mingle their paper and plastic recyclables in the cart together without sorting them. The recyclables are picked up twice per month.
Each recycling cart comes with an embedded ID tag. This tag matches the household address to the RecycleBank account. Curbside Rewards trucks are built “RecycleBank Ready.” This means the collection crew can scan the ID tag and weigh the contents of the household cart. This weight is then converted into RecycleBank Points deposited to that account. Customers go online to check account status and request rewards certificates, gift cards or charitable contributions. Curbside Rewards customers pay just $9.99 per month for the service. When customers select rewards from thousands of RecycleBank Reward partners, the service pays for itself month after month.
Since Curbside Rewards was introduced in Omaha in May 2009:
– 506,511 gallons of oil have been saved
– 7,582 trees have been saved
– 3,184,650 gallons of water have been saved