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Utah State University Receives Grant for Recycle Bins at Romney Stadium

Wednesday, Jul. 03, 2013

recycling bin in the shape of a Coke bottle

Romney Stadium and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum are the locations where the Coca-Cola bottle shaped recycling bins will be found.

Utah State University recently received 25 recycling bins designed for placement at Romney Stadium and the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum through a grant from Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation. The USU Sustainability Council waste and recycle work group applied for the Coca-Cola bottle-shaped recycling bins in early March and learned of the award April 18.

Nate Schwartz, USU recycling coordinator, believes the bins are a step forward in the existing USU recycling program.

“With their unique shape and clear advertising of recycling, we are excited at the prospect of these new bins helping us to grow the recycling program,” said Schwartz. “The bins will help increase awareness of our recycling program at Utah State University, especially at Aggie sporting events.

Alexi Lamm, USU sustainability coordinator, hopes the new bins will demonstrate USU’s dedication to environmental stewardship and encourage fans to help USU increase recycling.

“It’s been an opportunity for the Sustainability Council waste and recycle group to work with Coca-Cola and Keep America Beautiful to reduce waste and involve Aggie fans,” said Lamm. “We’re counting on Aggie spirit to drive the effort to repurpose cans and bottles, thereby saving resources and landfill space.”

Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America Group, believes strongly in Coca-Cola’s commitment to sustainability.

“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 George Billingsley. “By increasing access to recycling today, we build sustainable communities for the future.”

Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, is hopeful that the bins will add a measure of convenience.

“One of the main barriers to recycling is convenience and providing a recycling bin helps communities overcome that barrier,” said McKenna. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s support and commitment to recycling, and for its support and commitment of the Bin Grant program.”

USU was one of 156 local government, schools, colleges and other community groups nationwide to receive a grant. Keep America Beautiful chose recipients based on a number of criteria, including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future. Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola partnered with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) to offer grants to CURC member campuses. 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 online.

About USU Recycling
In 1990, a student, a supervisor, a truck and a grant were the beginning of USU recycling. Since then, the program has grown to recycle approximately 25 percent of USU’s solid waste stream. USU Recycling is committed to recycling, thereby reducing the university’s environmental impact. USU recycles paper, cardboard, glass bottles, aluminum cans, steel (tin) cans, plastic containers, wood pallets, batteries, scrap metal and rigid Styrofoam.

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 network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, it works with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through its programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit the Keep America Beautiful website.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $500 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active healthy living and education. More information about The Coca-Cola Foundation can be found at its website.

About the College & University Recycling Coalition

The College & University Recycling Coalition (CURC) is a membership-based nonprofit organization made up of campus-based recycling and sustainability professionals seeking to exchange technical knowledge and best practices on recycling and waste reduction programs between institutions of higher learning. Originally formed in 1992, CURC became a technical council of the National Recycling Coalition in 1995 before branching off as an independent organization in 2009. Today, CURC counts nearly 900 members and is led by a board of directors made up of recycling and sustainability program managers from universities across the United States. Among other initiatives, CURC supports collegiate recycling programs through a free webinar series, annual workshops, a quarterly e-newsletter, the development of best-practices manuals and toolkits. More information can be found at its website.

Contact: Alexi Lamm, USU Sustainability coordinator, (435) 797-9299,

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