KAB, Coca-Cola announce 2014 recycling bin grant program

Program is funded through a $350,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation.

January 30, 2014
Recycling Today Staff

Keep America Beautiful (KAB), Stamford, Conn., and The Coca-Cola Foundation, Atlanta, have announced a call for applications for the 2014 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program, a program designed to expand and support recycling throughout the United States. The Bin Grant Program is funded through a $350,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Co.

Since 2010, more than 34,000 recycling bins have been distributed through the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. In the past six years, 4.4 million people have been reached through the program with 450 organizations receiving grants, the organizations say.

This year, Coca-Cola has expanded its investment in the program to focus on two-year community colleges. Additionally, the bin grant program will include four-year colleges and universities as well as traditional public space recycling bin grants. The program is expected to award more than 4,500 bins and result in a projected 1.6 million pounds of recyclable materials collected during their first year in use, the organizations say. 

“Through this partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we help to increase recycling rates and recover our packaging for future use,” says Lori George Billingsley, Coca Cola North America’s vice president, community relations. “This collaborative effort not only helps the environment today, it also builds more sustainable communities for the future.

Grant applications will be available online through March 3, 2014.

For more information or to apply, visit http://bingrant.org.

Eligible recipients for the public space grant include government agencies, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups. All colleges and universities will be eligible for the college-specific grant. Successful applicants will be notified by KAB in April 2014 to offer guidance, confirm their needs and solidify bin selection. Suppliers will deliver bins directly to the recipients throughout the summer, KAB says.