Gateway Community & Technical College received twenty recycling bins designed specifically
for placement at each campus as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible
by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.
Gateway Community & Technical College is one of 37 colleges and universities across the United States receiving support from the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Recycling Bin Grant Program. An additional 52 grants are being awarded to non-collegiate locations that include non-profit organizations, local government agencies and other community groups. The 2015 grant program will award 5,300 recycling bins overall.
"These bins will allow Gateway to enhance our existing recycling program by providing additional convenient locations for our students, employees and visitors to recycle responsibly," said Linda P. Wright, Gateway Sustainability Team Co-Chair. "The bins not only promote recycling on campus, but educate and encourage our college community to do the same at home and elsewhere. We are very thankful for the generosity of Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola."
"Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling," said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. "Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future."
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-Colas 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.
Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), a membership organization serving campus recycling managers.
The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 45,000 recycling bins in over 560 communities across the U.S. A full list of the spring 2015 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org.