“One of the main barriers to
recycling is convenience. Providing a recycling bin helps communities overcome
that barrier,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America
Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for
While some grant recipients are seeking to expand established recycling programs, others such as Muskegon Community College in western Michigan will use the 40 indoor recycling bins it received to make recycling available for the first time in its student union and many of its academic buildings, while the City of Dayton, Ohio, chose a different style of bin for use at its community athletic fields where large numbers of beverage containers are generated.
Groups interested in receiving a bin must apply and recipients are selected based on criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future. Since 2007, the Bin Grant Program has placed more than 29,000 recycling bins in over 300 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia.
our support of the Bin Grant program and our long-standing partnership with
Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to bring sustainability to life in local
communities across the country,” said Lori
George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations,
Carts for Chicago
Earth Day 2013, The
a release, Mayor Emanuel says, “Chicago residents have been asking for citywide
recycling services for many years, and this grant will help expand blue cart
recycling to all communities by the end of 2013 and pay for damaged and
replacement carts for years to come. With the help of
"Our actions supporting Chicago's sustainability reflect our belief that when we all work together, real progress happens," said Steve Cahillane, president & CEO of Coca-Cola Americas. "By bringing business, government and community organizations, like Keep Chicago Beautiful, together, we can help create long-term solutions — here in Chicago and across the globe."
The city began delivering branded carts to residents in March, with 327,000 households initially receiving the blue cart recycling service, which is a single-stream, bi-weekly collection to residents who live in single-family homes, and two-, three- and four-flat buildings. The expansion will include 340,000 households and is scheduled to be complete by the fall of 2013.
Recycling initiatives with KAB contribute to Coca-Cola’s 2020 recovery goal to reach a 75% recovery rate of bottles and cans in developed markets.
Keep America Beautiful is not just for the United States. In fact, there are ongoing recovery programs throughout the South Pacific. Read and click on the links below to learn more:
In 2012, we contributed $150,000 to support beverage container recycling programs by Keep New Zealand Beautiful and $170,000 to public recycling efforts by Keep Australia Beautiful, bringing our total contributions to Australia’s program to more than $500,000 since 2009.
More on Journey
Coca-ColaUsed Infographics to Tell its Sustainability Story in 2016 Report
- 2016 Sustainability Report: Handwritten Letter from James Quincey
- 2016 Sustainability Report: Handwritten Letter from Alexis Herman
- 2016 Sustainability Report: Assuring the Accuracy of our Disclosures
Meet Jon Radtke: