RecycleBank, a Philadelphia-based company that partners with cities and businesses to reward households that recycle, confirmed that it has raised $30 million in Series B funding. The news had previously been reported by VentureWire. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led the round, and was joined by return backers RRE Ventures, Sigma Partners and The Westly Group.
RecycleBank, a rewards program that motivates households to recycle, announced today that it has secured $30 million in Series B funding from leading venture capital firms, Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers (KPCB), RRE Ventures, Sigma Partners and The Westly Group. RecycleBank will be using this funding to rapidly scale in the
KPCB and The Westly Group join RecycleBank's current investors, RRE Ventures and Sigma Partners in funding the growth and expansion of RecycleBank. KPCB has been an early investor in more than 300 information technology and biotech firms for more than 30 years, including Sun Microsystems, Google and Amazon.com. Today, KPCB is actively working with GreenTech innovators and entrepreneurs. Al Gore recently joined KPCB as a partner, securing a strategic alliance with Gore's Generation Investment Management. By combining the network, vision, expertise and global reach of Al Gore and Generation Investment Management, KPCB's goal is to help entrepreneurs change the world.
“Eighty percent of all garbage is recyclable, yet the average residential recycling rate is less than 20 percent. By simply measuring the amount of recycling and rewarding recyclers with real value, RecycleBank has more than doubled recycling rates in every community that's deployed the program to-date,” said Trae Vassallo, partner at KPCB. “We've been searching hard for companies that provide real benefits to consumers through being green and we were delighted to find RecycleBank. RecycleBank reduces landfills, reduces energy use and rewards consumers for doing the right thing.”
The Westly Group invests in and advises leading CleanTech companies in an effort to accelerate the CleanTech revolution. The company was founded by Steve Westly, who most recently served as the controller and chief fiscal officer the state of California, the world's sixth largest economy. With extensive operating experience in the private and public sectors, from Silicon Valley to Washington and beyond, The Westly Group uses its experiences to give firms the momentum they need to achieve their potential.
“I truly believe that while most people are focusing on biofuels and solar, recycling is on the cutting edge of clean technology