MCTC Receives Recycling Bins Grant from Coca-Cola Foundation

Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) received 60 recycling bins designed specifically for placement in high-traffic locations on all campuses and extensions as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

In its 9th year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits and local governments, with 35 percent of the total to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.

Coca-Cola has expanded its investment in the bin grant program to include a specific focus on two-year community colleges, with 15 recycling bin grants going to two-year colleges and 28 grants going to traditional four-year colleges and universities.

At MCTC, the bins will be distributed to all campuses and extension sites, and will be places in high-traffic areas, especially near vending machines and common areas.

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.

By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling convenience, said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. We are truly grateful for Coca-Colas continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program.

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 35,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities across the U.S. A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org.