Mayor Nutter, Commissioner Tolson Announce First Round Winners Of Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Sweepsteaks

Philadelphia, May 30, 2012 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and Streets Department Commissioner Clarena I.W. Tolson announced the first round of winners in the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Sweepstakes powered by Recyclebank. Mayor Nutter presented prizes to two first prize winners, who each received 12 monthly SEPTA transit passes and five second prize winners, who each received one $100 Target gift card. Winners from the first round were randomly selected from entries received between Sunday, April 1 and Monday, April 30.

“We are happy to award prizes to the Sweepstakes winners for doing their part in improving our community through reducing waste and recycling more,” said Mayor Nutter. “By taking part in the Recycling Rewards Program powered by Recyclebank, Philadelphia residents are demonstrating their commitment to a more sustainable future.”

Residents can still get involved in the Sweepstakes, which will run until Saturday, June 30, 2012. Residents are automatically entered into the Sweepstakes by recycling more and completing simple “green” actions at Each action represents an individual entry into the Sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive free groceries for a year, a prize valued at $5,000.

“The Recycling Rewards Program is important to our city on many levels. I am pleased to see so many residents eager to recycle and earn points for doing so. Redeeming the points for coupons to a wide variety of stores in Philadelphia allows our citizens to spend locally. Our partnership with Recyclebank has helped our citizens become more ‘green’ in their efforts to make our city more sustainable,” said Commissioner Tolson.

The first prize winners are Joanna Cahill of Roxborough and Vereta Jordan of North Philadelphia. The second place winners are Charisse Snipe of Southwest Philadelphia, Lula McClaim of North Philadelphia, Lenore Branham of North Philadelphia, Beth Grandizio of South Philadelphia and Madeline Dombrowski of South Philadelphia.

“At Recyclebank, we are proud to partner with the City of Philadelphia and the Streets Department for the Recycling Rewards Sweepstakes to inspire the community to work toward a greener, healthier future,” said Denise Diorio McVeigh, Recyclebank Philadelphia account manager. “Over the past three years, Philadelphia’s partnership with Recyclebank has exemplified the collective impact that can be made when community members choose more sustainable lifestyles.”

Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, a partnership between the Streets Department and Recyclebank, allows residents with City-provided recycling collection to earn points that are redeemed through Recyclebank for groceries, gift cards, merchandise and entertainment at hundreds of participating local and national merchants. Philadelphia is proud to be the largest City in the United States to reward its residents for their recycling efforts. Philadelphia Recycling Rewards has helped to bring the City’s recycling diversion rate— the amount of recyclable materials that are diverted away from landfills—to record levels.

For more information about Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program and to participate in the Sweepstakes, please visit or call the Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Customer Affairs Unit at 1-888-769-7960.

Recyclebank® helps create a more sustainable future by rewarding people for taking everyday green actions with discounts and deals from more than 3,000 local and national businesses. Through its online platform and partnerships with municipalities, haulers, small businesses and corporate brands, Recyclebank is empowering individuals to make a collective impact on the environment by increasing household recycling, reducing household energy usage and learning to live greener lives. Recognized as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum, a Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environment Programme and for Outstanding Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Recyclebank is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit

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