Saturday, June 23, 2012

Grant Program Awards Recycling Containers to San Diego Unified

Recycling bin Recycling efforts are being boosted this fall thanks to a significant grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation as the district will receive 60 recycling bins for placement at schools and administrative facilities.

"Through our partnership with Keep America Beautiful, the Coca-Cola Bin Grant Program supports local community recycling efforts across the United States," said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President of Community Relations for Coca-Cola Refreshments. “We are pleased that these bins being placed in schools throughout SDUSD will provide additional opportunities for students and staff to recycle.”

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.

“These recycling bins will assist the district in achieving our waste reduction and recycling goals, while providing opportunities for school clubs, organizations, and classes to raise much needed funds by recycling,” said Tom Wright, Manager of San Diego Unified’s environmental programs.

“Providing infrastructure for people to recycle on-the-go in our communities is a key component of making recycling a natural thing to do,” 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.”

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 29,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. A full list of the spring 2012 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at

San Diego Unified's recycling effort includes educating students on the benefits of recycling, as well as ensuring that as much of the district's waste material is recycled every day. Visit the recycling website for more information.