Since 2007, 542 organizations including schools, local governments, universities and other community groups have received grants providing more than 39,000 recycling bins. With grants distributed across the country, more than 4.5 million people have daily access to bins provided through the program. The 2015 program is expected to award more than 3,500 bins and result in an estimated 1 million pounds of recyclable materials collected during their first year in use.
“The more recycling bins there are, the easier it becomes to recycle,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We thank Coca-Cola for its ongoing support to provide bins for convenient access to on-the-go recycling in scores of communities across the nation.”
“Together with Keep America Beautiful, we are working to increase local recycling rates and to encourage environmental sustainability in communities across the country,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America.
Eligible recipients for the 2015 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program include government agencies, colleges, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups. Successful applicants will be notified by KAB in April 2015, at which time KAB will offer guidance, confirm the recipients’ needs, and solidify their bin selection. Suppliers will deliver bins directly to the recipients throughout the summer.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.
About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, women’s empowerment, active healthy living, and education.