Colleges, K-12 schools, nonprofits and local governments hope to get a boost to their recycling efforts this summer thanks to a significant grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation. The winning communities, schools and organizations will receive a total of 8,925 recycling bins designed specifically for permanent, ongoing use in heavily-trafficked public spaces and events.
In its seventh year, the Recycling Bin Grant Program
expanded in 2012 to include a college and university category in addition to
the traditional focus on municipalities and local nonprofit organizations.
"Through our partnership with Keep America Beautiful,
the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling efforts
across the United States,"
says Lori George Billingsley, vice president of community relations for
Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We are pleased that these bins, conveniently placed in
parks, communities, public spaces and college campuses, will provide thousands
of additional opportunities for people to recycle.”
In addition to colleges and universities, 85 K-12 schools,
community groups, local governments and nonprofit organizations in 40 states
will be receiving a total of 1,860 recycling bins as part of the annual Public
Space Bin Grant Program.
Schools: 76 applications received, 46 grants made
The inaugural college and university portion of the grant
saw 176 applications in its first year, with 46 receiving grants. Recipients
include schools of all sizes, from small institutions like Kankakee Community College
in Illinois to large universities such as the University of Mississippi
and the University
of Nevada-Las Vegas.
Recipient colleges will use the grants to expand recycling across campus,
including 19 who will place bins in student housing, 22 placing them in
athletic facilities and playing fields, 20 in classrooms and offices, and 16
targeting additional outdoor public areas such as pathways and building
is typical of many college recipients with its plan to provide every residence
hall room with its own recycling bin. The 1,000 bins they receive will help the
university achieve their near term goal of increasing the campus recycling rate
from 14 percent to 20 percent.
“Providing infrastructure for people to recycle on-the-go in
our communities is a key component of making recycling a natural thing to do,” says
Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO,
Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s support and
commitment to recycling, which is so well demonstrated by the Coca-Cola Bin
Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a
number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the
ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future.
The Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to
recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. In its seven years of
operation, the Bin Grant Program has placed 29,000 recycling bins in over 500
communities in 48 states and the District
of Columbia. A
full list of the spring 2012 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further
information about the grant program is available athttp://bingrant.org/.