Recycling will become more convenient this fall when 5,300 recycling bins are awarded to communities and colleges across the nation through The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant program. The bins, which will be awarded for use at athletic fields, K-12 schools, special events, parks and college residence halls, are expected to result in an estimated 1 million pounds of recyclable materials collected during the first year of bin use. The recycling bin program is supported through a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company.

“At Coca-Cola, sustainability is engrained in everything that we do. Through initiatives like the Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant program, we are able to help communities across the country increase recycling, reduce waste and have positive impact,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America.

Organizations interested in receiving recycling bins must apply by Oct. 7, 2016 at bingrant.org.

Since 2007, more than 45,000 recycling bins have been placed in 868 communities nationwide through The Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant program, creating daily access to bins for more than 1.5 million people. In addition to the grants, recipient organizations receive guidance from Keep America Beautiful about setting up effective away-from-home and on-the-go recycling programs.

“Research has shown that convenience is a key factor in getting people to recycle,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “With Coca-Cola’s continued support, the recycling bins provided through the grant program create literally thousands of new opportunities for people to recycle in public areas across the country.”

Grant recipients will be selected by Keep America Beautiful based on potential to collect the most cans and bottles as well other considerations such as the extent of their need, recycling experience, and their ability to sustain the program in the future. To leverage the program to further expand recycling in public spaces, preference will be given to applicants that agree to make a matching purchase of additional recycling bins beyond those awarded through the grant. Grant recipients will be announced by Keep America Beautiful in November 2016.

A full list of the spring 2015 Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant recipients, as well as Keep America Beautiful’s best practices guide, “Designing Effective Public Space Recycling Programs,” are available at http://bingrant.org.