The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program opened its 2018 application process today, offering new opportunities to make recycling convenient for communities across the country. Applications are open for submission at kab.org/parkrecycling through February 16, 2018.
Now in its sixth year, the grant program from Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful has awarded more than 4,300 recycling bins to local governments and community organizations across more than 40 states. Through the partnership, Keep America Beautiful and Dr Pepper Snapple have expanded the availability of recycling in a variety of park settings, including neighborhood and larger regional parks, beaches, athletic fields, and walking trails. In 2017, the program awarded 41 grants that placed 914 new recycling bins in public parks across the country.
To apply for the merit-based grant program, interested organizations and communities can complete an online form detailing their proposal and selecting the number and style of recycling bins from available options. Keep America Beautiful will competitively review and award grants based on need and likelihood to recover significant quantities of recyclables. Arrangements will be made to deliver the recycling bins directly to the grant recipients in May 2018.
“We’re very pleased with the impact our partnership with Keep America Beautiful has had over the past five years, and we’re looking forward to building on this momentum in the coming year,” said Vicki Draughn, vice president of corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple. “Consumers enjoy a large percentage of beverages away from the home and on-the-go, which is why it’s important to continue improving the convenience and availability of recycling opportunities in parks and other popular public places.”
A recent national survey conducted by Keep America Beautiful to determine where people normally recycle revealed a significant need for away-from-home recycling opportunities. While 92% said they recycled at home, only 19% indicated that they typically recycle in public parks. Additional Keep America Beautiful research has shown that only 12% of surveyed public locations had recycling infrastructure in place to recover the containers.
“Through Keep America Beautiful’s partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple, we’ve made recycling easier and more accessible to nearly 1 million park-goers,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Making recycling more convenient in public spaces helps reinforce the expectation that recycling is something people should do wherever they go throughout their day.”
Shown below is the list of 2017 grant recipients. For a complete list of past grant recipients, visit the Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program website.