Tempe has launched a pilot program to increase recycling at apartment complexes by rewarding tenants with coupons based on how much they recycle. Eleven complexes now have bins that measure how much each unit recycles, and the city estimates the average family can get up to $200 a year in coupons for local and national retailers. About 3,000 units are involved.
The program is administered by the city and RecycleBank, which provides similar services to about one million homes in the U.S. The bins accept the same kinds of items the city has been accepting, such as metal, glass, paper and some plastics.
The city will monitor the program based on its goals of increasing recycling and reducing contamination. The complexes in the program are clustered west of Kyrene Road, and between U.S. 60 and Elliot Road. A listing of the complexes and other details can be found at http://www.tempe.gov/recycling.