Recycling Bins and a Partnership Help Improve Communities

At the most basic level, recycling helps with waste management, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. But recycling also creates opportunities for valuable materials that are tossed in the trash every day to be made into new items.

At Keep America Beautiful (KAB), we believe it is important to educate individuals about the good things that can happen when they recycle. It’s also important to increase the opportunities and reduce the barriers for recycling by making it easier and more convenient for people to recycle. That’s why we partner with businesses, such as Coca-Cola, and other organizations, to help multiply our efforts to increase our nation’s recycling rates.

Coca-Cola has been a partner of Keep America Beautiful since our beginnings, going all the way back to 1953.  We’re excited to join forces with them again this spring to offer the seventh annual installment of the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. This program supports local community recycling across America by providing recycling bins to selected grant recipients for the collection of cans and bottles in public settings and on college campuses.

Recycling with one of the Coca-Cola Recyling Bins.

The 2013 application period opens on January 28, 2013 through March 4, 2013. Eligible grant recipients – which include government agencies, colleges and universities, civic organizations, K-12 schools and nonprofit groups – are encouraged to apply.

Since 2006, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program has placed more than 29,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The program now includes college- and university-focused grants as well as traditional public space recycling bin grants.

KAB supports a variety of other recycling programs to encourage people to take action. RecycleMania – a fun and friendly competition among colleges to see which school can collect and recycle the most material – makes recycling interesting and fun!  In 2012, more than 605 colleges participated and 92 million tons of recyclables and organic materials were recovered. This year’s competition kicks off on February 3rd.

Visit KAB online to learn more about our programs and partnerships.

Alec Cooley is Director of Recycling Programs at Keep America Beautiful.