Posted: Thursday Aug 15, 2013
Aug. 15, 2013
Saint Vincent College was awarded a grant by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation of 25 large multipurpose recycling bins designed for placement at outdoor locations.
The recycling bins, used to collect cans, plastic and glass, have been distributed around Chuck Noll Field to encourage fans visiting Steelers summer training camp to properly dispose of their waste. The Saint Vincent College student Environmental Awareness Club supported the effort by installing signs at each location to increase usage and sustainability of the campus.
The recyclables collected from the outside bins – about 100 pounds per day – are being weighed and bags counted by club members after collection by the college facility management department and the tally will be reported to Keep America Beautiful.
During the school year, club members will also place hangers on each door in the residence halls to encourage recycling and increase use of collection bins inside and outside.
Beth Bollinger, environmental education coordinator at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve at Saint Vincent College, commented that “the outdoor bins provided by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation are a great benefit to the campus. Each day during Steelers Training Camp, the club has tracked approximately 100 pounds of recyclables per open practice day that would have previously gone in the trash and taken to a landfill. Having the bins at the athletic fields and outdoor spaces on the campus will only increase the awareness of the recycling efforts put forth by Saint Vincent College.”
“Through our support of the Bin Grant program and our longstanding 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, Coca-Cola North America Group. “By increasing access to recycling today, we build sustainable communities for the future.”
“One of the main barriers to recycling is convenience. Providing recycling bins helps communities overcome that barrier,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s support and commitment to recycling, and for its support and commitment of the Bin Grant Program.”
Saint Vincent College was one of 156 local government, schools, colleges and other community groups nationwide to receive a grant. 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. Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola partnered with the College and Recycling Coalition (CURC) to offer grants to CURC member campuses. 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 more than 29,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. A full list of the spring 2013 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org/.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org.
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $500 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active healthy living and education. More information about The Coca-Cola Foundation is available at www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html.
The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization made up of campus-based recycling and sustainability professionals seeking to exchange technical knowledge and best practices on recycling and waste reduction programs between institutions of higher learning. Originally formed in 1992, CURC became a technical council of the National Recycling Coalition in 1995 before branching off as an independent organization in 2009. Today, CURC counts nearly 900 members and is led by a board of directors made up of recycling and sustainability program managers from universities across the United States. Among other initiatives, CURC supports collegiate recycling programs through a free webinar series, annual workshops, a quarterly e-newsletter, the development of best-practices manuals and toolkits. For more information, go to www.curc3r.org.
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