Philadelphia to offer incentives for recycling

    The city of Philadelphia is planning to offer incentives to get people to recycle more.

    The city of Philadelphia is planning to offer incentives to get people to recycle more.

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    The goal is to break the 20 percent recycling barrier in the city. Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler says the incentives would be tied to the amount recycling increases in a certain neighborhood. She says a federal grant will pay for a high tech tagging system to determine recycling compliance.

    Cutler: We will weigh the amount of recycling for the route based on the rf-id tag. and everyone who has an rf-id tag will get coupons on that route.

    Cutler says the coupons could be for everything from doughnuts to sneakers and will be handled at no cost to the city by a third party company. The head of the Nicetown Community Development Corporation says the incentives could be good for compliance, but could set a bad precedent for recycling behavior.

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