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Coe College receives grant to place new recycling bins throughout campus

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2015-07-09 14:11:50 - General

New Coe recycling binsCoe College has received recycling bins designed specifically for placement in high traffic areas throughout campus as part of a national grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. The 24 blue bins will be designated for paper and plastic mixed recycling to enhance the college's award-winning sustainability program.

Coe 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.

"We are grateful Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation for providing the new recycling bins for use by the Coe community," said Assistant Director of Physical Plant and Coordinator of Sustainability Bill Brause. "These receptacles will be placed in strategic locations around campus. They will serve to strengthen our active campus sustainability program."

"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-Cola’s 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.

About Coe College
Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.

More specific information about Coe's award-winning sustainability efforts, including recycling, can be found at http://www.coe.edu/aboutcoe/coegreen.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With our national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate and take action, visit kab.org and follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $660 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship women’s empowerment and well-being. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to www.coca-colacompany.com/our-company/the-coca-cola-foundation/.

About the College & University Recycling Coalition
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.