Keep America Beautiful and Dr Pepper Snapple Group Continue to Provide Grants to Increase Recycling in Public Parks
STAMFORD, Conn. (March 26, 2014) — Public parks will be getting cleaner in communities across the country thanks to a significant grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful.
Twenty-six local and county governments in 19 states will receive durable, permanent recycling bins as part of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group /Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant program.
In total, the grants will provide nearly 900 recycling bins for placement in a variety of park settings. Twenty-two of the communities receiving grants intend to place bins at athletic fields; 18 will locate bins in small neighborhood parks; and seven will use them to collect recyclables from beaches and waterfront locations. Additional bins will be placed in state parks, larger urban parks, and walking trails and other natural settings. Eleven of the communities receiving bins are in coastal zones. For a full list of communities receiving grants, visithttp://irecycleonthego.wordpress.com.
The 900 recycling bins to be placed through the DPS/KAB Recycling Bin Grant program this year add to the 710 bins provided in the inaugural year of the partnership in 2013.
“Individuals, businesses and governments all have a stake in cleaner communities and reducing waste,” said Vicki Draughn, DPS vice president of corporate affairs. “Working with Keep America Beautiful, we’re embracing the opportunity to make recycling more convenient for our valued consumers in communities across the country as they enjoy their favorite public parks and other outdoors spaces.”
The grant program was open to all government agencies that own or manage local, regional or state parks. Nonprofit organizations and KAB affiliates were eligible to apply on behalf of government agencies. These grants will provide durable, permanent recycling bins for placement in a variety of park settings.
“Access and convenience are two of the biggest obstacles to recycling,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “By making these recycling bins available in parks, nature trails, athletic fields and other public spaces, the bins awarded through our partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple will help these communities increase on-the-go recycling.”
The KAB partnership is part of DPS’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. The company has set specific operational goals to improve efficiency in energy and water use, reduce manufacturing waste and conserve packaging resources by 2015.
About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple orTwitter.com/DrPepperSnapple. For more information on DPS's philanthropic efforts and sustainability goals, visitwww.dpsgsustainability.com.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a powerful national network of community-based affiliates and participating organizations, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit kab.org, follow @kabtweet on Twitter and like us onfacebook.com/keepamericabeautiful.