Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful Kick Off Sixth Year of Recycling Partnership
STAMFORD, Conn., January 18, 2018 /3BL Media/ - The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program opened its 2018 application process today, offering new opportunities to make recycling convenient for communities across the country. Applications are open for submission at kab.org/parkrecycling through Feb. 16, 2018.
Now in its sixth year, the grant program from Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) and Keep America Beautiful has awarded more than 4,300 recycling bins to local governments and community organizations across more than 40 states. Through the partnership, Keep America Beautiful and Dr Pepper Snapple have expanded the availability of recycling in a variety of park settings, including neighborhood and larger regional parks, beaches, athletic fields and walking trails. In 2017, the program awarded 41 grants that placed 914 new recycling bins in public parks across the country.
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. Additional Keep America Beautiful research has 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 a complete list of past grant recipients, go to the Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program kab.org/parkrecycling.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, we strive to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a community that is clean, green and beautiful, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision.
Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. We empower generations of community and environmental stewards with volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at kab.org.
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 seven of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and nine of our 10 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, Bai, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, IBC, 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 or Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple. For more information on DPS's philanthropic efforts and sustainability goals, visit www.dpsgsustainability.com.