Thanks to my friend Bill H., who helped start the CLYNK program, for sending this. Word is that CLYNK is looking to expand to Massachusetts, New York, and Oregon!
Portland, ME - A returnable bottle program called CLYNK is making it easier for islanders to recycle. Many people on Casco Bay islands who might have wanted to recycle bottles and cans often tossed them in the trash instead. But the Casco Bay Ferry crews now pick up the special green plastic bags filled with returnables. CLYNK is in nearly two dozen Hannaford Supermarkets in Maine. People sign up for an account, buy the special bags, fill them up, drop them off at the stores and get their deposit refunds from their account. Island residents leave the bags at the end of their driveways and they are collected with the trash on Monday mornings. By making it easier for islanders to recycle it's expected that the waste stream on the islands will be reduced by at least 15 percent.