Recycling rebate will end in Elk River

Beginning in 2013, the city of Elk River is discontinuing a recycling rebate program that has been in effect for a decade.

The purpose of the rebate was to increase recycling and it did so, according to Elk River Environmental Administrator Rebecca Haug.

However, current recycling rates have appeared to plateau, she said. The city is also switching to single-stream recycling which she said should make it easier for people to recycle and an incentive should no longer be needed.

A rebate of $25 has been available for residents participating in curbside recycling, or $40 for residents participating in the organics and the curbside recycling programs.

The rebate amount averaged $13,000 a year. Since 2003, $159,075 has been spent on recycling rebates.