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Coca-Cola Public Spaces Recycling Grant FAQ

See the most commonly asked questions about the grant.

How many bins may we request?

The number and type of bins requested should be determined by your public space recycling plan, keeping in mind awards are based upon the number of bottles and can collected and the number of people served by the program. Applicants should provide the total number of bins needed and indicate on the form whether they are willing to accept a smaller award, and how a smaller award will impact their program. The actual number of bins awarded will be based on availability and need as determined in consultation with the recipients. Recipients will have the opportunity to purchase additional bins at a discounted price beyond the number of free bins awarded through the grant.

Why does the grant award bins instead of money?

By providing bins instead of money, this program meets several underlying goals. By choosing specific recycling bins and internally arranging for their distribution, Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation are able to leverage their purchasing power to provide more recycling bins than would be possible if selected grant recipients were to use monetary awards to purchase independently.

Are there any costs to the grant recipient?

Keep America Beautiful will arrange and cover all costs to deliver the basic recycling bins awarded by the grant to the recipient, after which they become the property of the recipient organization. Any installation and ongoing maintenance costs are the responsibility of the grant recipient. Recipient will have the opportunity to purchase 1) additional bins beyond those awarded by the grant, or 2) special accessories for the bins provided through the grant. In these cases, they are responsible for 100% of the costs including shipping.

Does Keep America Beautiful or Coca-Cola arrange to collect / haul the cans and bottles?

No. Recipient organizations must demonstrate how the materials will be collected and the bins will be maintained. Recipients are responsible for all collection and maintenance of the bins.

Does submitting an application automatically guarantee we will receive bins?

No. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

May I request more than one type of bin?

Yes. The number and type of bins selected should be based upon and documented in your public space recycling plan.

Can we get bins for trash or paper and other types of recyclables?

The grant is primarily focused on beverage container recycling and does not provide bins specifically designed for trash or other non-container recyclables. Some, but not all styles of bins offered through the grant include an option for a lid with a round hole and flat slot for co-mingled container and paper collections. Except where noted, bins will automatically come labeled for cans and bottles only. Grant recipients will have the opportunity to purchase matching bins for trash or other accessories directly from the manufacturer with limited-offer discount pricing. Details about this offer will be shared with applicants when they receive their notice of whether a grant has been awarded. 

What requirements are expected of grant recipients?

Organizations selected to receive a grant will be expected to:

  • Complete a grant agreement
  • Issue a local press release announcing receipt of the grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation.
  • Use and maintain the bins for at least five years for the recycling project described in the application.
  • Track the quantity of recyclables collected from the bins during their first year of use.
  • Complete online reports, as requested.

A complete list of tracking and reporting expectations will be provided to grant recipients.

Who can I contact with questions about the Grant program?
Questions about the program and application process can be sent to:

  • Grace Keegan: Affiliate Operations Regional Director – Central, 203.659.3032 (AL, AR, IL, IN, IA, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, OH, TN, WV, WI, and Canada)
  • Jason Smith: Affiliate Operations Regional Director, West, 203.659.3012 (AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, and WY)
  • Isaac Nicholson: Affiliate Operations Regional Director, East, 203.659.3010 (CT, DE, GA, FL, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VT, VA, and DC)