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The Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) are accepting applications for its 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program, designed to expand and support recycling in communities across America. The program is funded through a $300,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company.
“We are pleased to support Keep America Beautiful and look forward to the continued community impact of this initiative,” said Lori George Billingsley, VP of Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Studies have shown that recycling bins placed in convenient locations significantly improve the amount of material recycled. Through this program, thousands of bins will be placed where people live, work and play.”
Since 2010, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program has distributed more than 29,000 recycling bins, has given 300 organizations bin grants and reached 4.3 million people.
Grant applications will be available online through March 4. Eligible recipients for the public space grant include government agencies, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups; all colleges and universities will be eligible for the college-specific grant. Successful applicants will be notified by Keep America Beautiful in April 2013 to offer guidance, confirm their needs and solidify bin selection, and suppliers will deliver bins directly to the recipients throughout the summer.
“Providing much-needed public space recycling infrastructure is a key component of a holistic approach to increasing the nation’s recycling rates,” said Brenda Pulley, SVP of recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “The Coca-Cola Company’s commitment to providing more local organizations with such a significant number of recycling bins is truly refreshing. We applaud them for being such a steadfast supporter of our recycling programs.”
The Coca-Cola Foundation awarded more than $70 million to 263 community organizations around the world in 2011 to support sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active, healthy living, and education.