Keep Akron Beautiful Places Recycling Bins at the Akron Marathon

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Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation Fill Need for Recycling Bins in Public Spaces 

Akron, OH (May 13, 2013) — Today, Keep Akron Beautiful in partnership with the Akron Marathon received 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at the finish line of the Akron Marathon. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

“The Akron Marathon is thrilled to receive this grant,” said Anne Bitong, executive director.  “We have put a lot of effort into providing a community event that is socially and environmentally responsible, and thanks to our partnership with Keep Akron Beautiful, we will be able to continually improve our recycling efforts at the finish line this year. 

President & CEO of Keep Akron Beautiful, Paula Davis added, “This is a fine example of how our agency can promote recycling-on-the-go in our community to reinforce personal recycling behavior outside of our homes, schools and places of work. Thank you to our national organization, Keep America Beautiful, for providing these funding opportunities to address our local sustainability goals.”

 

“Through our support of the Bin Grant program and our long-standing 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 a recycling bin 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.”

 

Keep Akron Beautiful was one of 156 local government, schools, colleges and other community groups nation-wide 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. 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/. 

 

About Keep America Beautiful
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.

 

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

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. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation_coke.html

 

About Keep Akron Beautiful

Keep Akron Beautiful is a 501(c) (3) agency celebrating 32 years of serving the citizens of Akron by improving Akron’s quality of life through beautification and responsible environmental management. For additional program information, visit www.keepakronbeautiful.org.

 

About The Akron Marathon

The Akron Marathon, presented by Time Warner Cable, is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a nonprofit group that is dedicated to promoting health and fitness. Additional information on the Akron Marathon, Half Marathon and Team Relay is available at akronmarathon.org or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).