Monday, January 29, 2018

Keep PA Beautiful: Dr. Pepper/Snapple Park Recycling Grant Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Dr Pepper Snapple/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Grants.  The deadline for applications is February 16.  
The grant program is open to all government agencies that own or manage local, regional or state parks. Nonprofit organizations and KAB affiliates are also eligible to apply on behalf of government agencies. For-profit businesses are not eligible to receive grants.
Eligible settings include neighborhood, urban, regional and state or national parks, as well as related facilities such as playgrounds, athletic fields and nature trails. Recycling bins will not be provided for streetscapes, businesses, schools or other locations not directly related to a park setting.
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.
Past Pennsylvania recipients include: Friends of Nockamixon State Park; Rapho Township, Manheim; Rostraver Township, Belle Vernon; City of Pittsburgh; Keep Philadelphia Beautiful; Moore Township, Bath; City of Allentown; Washington Township, Barto; Pine Grove Furnace State Park and North Codorus Township, Spring Grove.
“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful encourages our local and state government agencies to apply for a recycling bin grant with the goal of making it more convenient and accessible for the residents of Pennsylvania to recycle at our parks, beaches, athletic fields and walking trails,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.  “We thank Dr Pepper/Snapple and Keep America Beautiful for the opportunity to expand the availability of recycling in our shared community spaces.”
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 percent said they recycled at home, only 19 percent indicated that they typically recycle in public parks.
Keep America Beautiful research has also shown that only 12 percent 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.”
For more information on how to apply, visit the Dr. Pepper/Snapple Park Recycling Grant webpage.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Click Here to become a member.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates from KPB, Like them on Facebook, Follow on Twitter, Discover them on Pinterest and visit their YouTube Channel.
Also visit the Illegal Dump Free PA website for more ideas on how to clean up communities and keep them clean and KPB’s Electronics Waste website.
Sign up now for the 2018 Great American Cleanup of PA and set up your own cleanup and beautification event through May 31.

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