This week, the City of Waterbury installed twenty-four recycling bins designed specifically for placement throughout the downtown business district. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Keep America Beautiful. The City has been awarded forty-eight of the recycling bins and the remaining bins will be installed soon.
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 City of Waterbury is honored to receive this award from Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola,” said Mayor Neil M. O’Leary. “With the new opportunity to recycle in public spaces, our residents will play an active role in the City’s fight against blight and our efforts to maintain a clean environment.”
“Keep America Beautiful is pleased to work with the Coca-Cola Foundation to help communities across the country begin or improve recycling on-the-go programs,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “We know national and local recycling program goals will not be met until we begin to recycle not just at home and work but while out-and-about.”
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 http://bingrant.org/