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Go Circular Free!

Posted in Cleaning, green, Reduce, Uncategorized, Urban clean with tags , , , , , , , on January 25, 2011 by MarilynB
The Circular Free Decal

Apply this official Philadelphia Circular Free Decal to your property.

You come home from work (if you’re lucky in this economy) only to find your rail, steps, and sidewalk covered with fliers, circulars, and advertisements. You spend 10 minutes picking it up and putting it int your recycle bin, fuming the whole time because of the trees and energy wasted printing, distributing, and recycling unwanted matter. It will happen again at least once this week.

Put a stop to your circular woes by filing for a Circular Free Property Designation. The city maintains a list of properties that don’t want to receive grocery store circulars, fliers, etc. Of course, this doesn’t stop junk mail but it does reduce the litter blowing off doors and rails into the street.

Simply fill out the request, receive a decal to place on your door, and go circular free. Don’t worry about violators. They can be fined, if you agree to have your address on the complaint.

Green$ense from Citizens Bank

Posted in Reduce, Rewards on November 6, 2008 by MarilynB

Citizens Bank now offers the Green$ense program, which earns account owners 10 cents per transaction without paper, to a maximum of $120 per year. Paperless transactions include using your debit card, online bill payment, and automatic payments (like your gym membership). Citizens deposits your green rewards monthly and sends an email notification that includes green living tips.

The debit card that accompanies the account is made of recycled plastic. According to the Citizen’s Bank web site, any personal checking account can be enrolled in the Green$ense program. It would be best if they didn’t send a new plastic debit card but continued to use the customer’s current card, whenever a customer is not new to Citizen’s Bank.

The also site will calculate the number of trees and pounds of paper that you save by switching to electronic billing and payment. If you’re already a Citizen’s customer, this is a great way to get paid to modernize your life and reduce your impact. If you’re not a Citizen’s customer and you don’t use electronic billing, this might be the enticement you need to start. It definitely makes economic sense while it earns a little money for you.