STAMFORD, CONN. (Aug. 19, 2014) — Keep America Beautiful (KAB), the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities, and Waste Management (NYSE:WM) today announced that $10,000 Think Green® Grants were being awarded to eight KAB community-based affiliates across the country.

The Waste Management Think Green® Grants are part of the environmental services company’s commitment to encourage the development and sustainability of environmental solutions that improve community environments. These merit-based grants support projects that KAB affiliates implement locally, such as recycling and waste diversion education programs and other environmental initiatives.

Waste Management has supported KAB programs for several years and is active in KAB’s flagship programs such as the Great American Cleanupand America Recycles Day. Waste Management also supports the KAB/Ad Council public service advertising campaign – I Want To Be Recycled – that is helping educate people about the importance of recycling and motivating the occasional recycler to become an everyday recycler.

“Our longstanding partnership with Waste Management has been a critical component of KAB’s effort to bring people together to transform public places into beautiful spaces,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “The Waste Management Think Green Grants program is another instrument to help communities become more socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound.”

“Supporting communities by helping make them cleaner thereby improving quality of life for residents is what our company, and Keep America Beautiful, is all about,” said Waste Management Senior Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications, Barry Caldwell. “The Think Green Grants provide us with a great avenue to demonstrate how Waste Management and KAB think green every day.”

Recipients of the Waste Management Think Green® Grants are:

  • Keep Charleston Beautiful, Charleston, S.C.
  • Keep Clinton Beautiful, Clinton, Miss.
  • Keep Detroit Beautiful, Detroit, Mich.
  • Keep Durham Beautiful, Durham, N.C.
  • Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, Reno, Nev.
  • Keep Virginia Beautiful, Richmond, Va.
  • Metro Beautification & Environment Commission, Nashville, Tenn.
  • OKC Beautiful, Oklahoma City, Okla.

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. For more information,, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

About Waste Management
Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are the largest residential recycler and also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit