McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

June 14, 2013

PIM granted four recycling bins for city parks from

Senior Editor

McALESTER — Pride In McAlester received four recycling bins designed specifically for placement at city parks that were installed by the City of McAlester Parks and Recreation department, recently.

The recycling bins are from a grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

“The new recycling bins from the KAB and Coca-Cola grant will help improve McAlester’s recycling program by not only providing more opportunities to recycle, but also by placing them in city parks we have additional outlets to teach conservation, responsibility, and beatification of this great city we live in,” PIM President Justin Few said. PIM received four blue metal outdoor bins that clearly designate them for recycling with round holes labeled “Cans/Bottles.” Two of the recycling receptacles were placed at Chadick Park, one at Komar Park and one at Rotary Park.

The bins were placed near existing trash cans to help ensure proper use by patrons. “Through our support of the Bin Grant program and our long-standing partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to bring sustainability to life in local communities across the country,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America Group. “By increasing access to recycling today, we build sustainable communities for the future.” 

“One of the main barriers to recycling is convenience. Providing a recycling bin helps communities overcome that barrier,” 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.” 

Pride In McAlester was one of 156 local government, schools, colleges and other community groups nation-wide to receive a 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 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 more than 29,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. A full list of the spring 2013 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at