While recycling benefits the environment by conserving the earth’s resources, it can also be profitable for small, medium, and large businesses. Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, for example, made $12,860 in 2008 alone by recycling over 140 tons of recyclable materials. In addition to recycling its own materials, the Cleveland Zoo has encouraged visitors to recycle certain materials when they visit the zoo like inkjet and toner cartridges, cell phones, and compact fluorescent lights. While such profitable gains only seem possible for large businesses, small businesses can also get credit for recycling by utilizing new companies like Recycle Bank. Recycle Bank collects curbside recycling bins at homes and small businesses. Each bin has a Radio Frequency Identification chip, which records the weight of the recycled materials and converts the weight of recyclable materials to points in your account. These points can be used at over 1,200 national and local Recycle Bank Rewards Partners just like cash. Recycle Bank offers homeowners and smaller businesses an incentivized program that both helps the environment and generates profits.
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