New recycling program promotes recycling correctly Submitted: 05/28/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray

New recycling program promotes recycling correctly
TOMAHAWK - People take out their trash every week. But have you ever thought you could get a prize from that? Tomahawk started a program that rewards residents from taking out their garbage. Newswatch 12 met up with the winner of the program.

"It's just so easy to recycle and do the right thing. You help your city, you help the environment and I mean I won $40 just for doing the right thing," said Ryan Montalto.

Montalto, just like any other community member, takes his trash out every week.

"Basically just empty the containers, give a quick rinse, put them in our recycling bin, recycling bin gets full, we take it out to the front of the house and put them in our Eagle Waste recycling bin," said Montalto.

But he's careful about sorting his trash. And Montalto ended up with a nice reward.

"I was excited. I was like, wow! I won $40 just for taking my garbage out to the curb," Montalto said.

He won the prize through Tomahawk's new Recycling Reward Program. The garbage man sifts through the recycling to make sure everything is sorted correctly.

"It's something we do right at the curb. Sometimes when the driver is dumping the containers he'll notice something, let us know and we'll follow up with checks on it," Tomahawk Public Works director Mike Tolvstad said.

If the garbage was completely separated, the person will win $20 in chamber bucks. But if it wasn't sorted correctly, then Eagle Waste will let them know what they did wrong. Then those 20 bucks will be carried over to the next week. And then they'll pick another random house.

"It's a progressive jackpot. So I might try to keep it kind of quiet, win it again, maybe three or four weeks from now," said Montalto.

That's wishful thinking from the first winner.

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