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MSU places new recycling bins in athletic facilities

8/28/2014
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    MSU's Holly Niehoff, sustainability and recycling committee chair,
    placed new recycling bins at Jayne Stadium.

Morehead State University has received 25 recycling bins designed specifically for placement in its athletic facilities as part of a national recycling bin grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation.

In its ninth year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits and local governments, with 35 percent of the total to be used by students in collegiate residence halls.

"The grant will help increase recycling rates by providing more convenient recycling locations for our athletes and spectators to utilize and reinforce the Morehead State University commitment towards a more sustainable future," said Holly Niehoff, MSU's sustainability and recycling committee chair.

Coca-Cola has expanded its investment in the bin grant program to include a specific focus on two-year community colleges, with 15 recycling bin grants going to two-year colleges and 28 grants going to traditional four-year colleges and universities.

At Morehead State, blue bins with the Keep America Beautiful logo are being installed in all athletic facilities on campus. The bins are designed to collect both drink bottles and aluminum cans.

"Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling," said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. "Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps build sustainable communities for the future."

"By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling - convenience," said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. "We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola's continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program."

Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), a membership organization serving campus recycling managers. 

The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in over 500 communities across the U.S.

Additional information is available by contacting Niehoff at 606-783-2584 or email h.niehoff@moreheadstate.edu , or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/earthwise .

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