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South Fayette Township has been awarded 18 recycling bins for its parks and trails through the 2016 Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful Public Space Recycling Bin Grant.
The blue steel recycling bins will be placed in Morgan Park, Fairview Park, Sturgeon Park and Boys Home Park, plus along the township’s portion of the Panhandle Trail and at the new athletic fields on Seminary Avenue.
The 34-gallon bins for bottles and cans are expected to increase recycling among park visitors, including South Fayette Athletic Association members and South Fayette Community Day attendees.
“The amount of recyclable material thrown away during sporting activities and community events will be drastically decreased with this grant,” township Recreation Director Paula Simmons said.
“Receiving these bins means we are taking steps in the right direction to keep our parks clean and environmentally friendly.”
The grant represents a value of more than $6,600. In addition, the township met a matching requirement by purchasing an additional six recycling bins, for a total of 24 bins in the parks.
The grant program addresses barriers to recycling in public spaces by making access to recycling bins more readily available, and by clearly marking the bins for recyclables.
“The number-one thing we can do to get people to recycle is make it convenient,” said Brenda Pulley, a senior vice president at Keep America Beautiful.
Grant recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on their potential to collect the most cans and bottles, as well other considerations such as the extent of their need, recycling experience, and their ability to sustain the program in the future.
The 2016 program provides more than 4,500 bins to municipal governments, nonprofit organizations and schools across the country. The bins are provided as part of a grant from Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company.
About South Fayette TownshipSouth Fayette Township, established in 1842, is a fast-growing community in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Residents enjoy the homes, parks, schools and other services and amenities, while businesses appreciate the direct access to roadways such as Interstate 79, Route 50 and the future Southern Beltway. Named in honor of General Lafayette of the American Revolution, the 21-square-mile township has a rich heritage and a bright future. Learn more at www.southfayettepa.com, plus Facebook and Twitter, and read our award-winning quarterly magazine, South Fayette Connect.
About Keep America BeautifulAt Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people End Littering, Improve Recycling, and Beautify America’s Communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.
About The Coca-Cola FoundationThe Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $820 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit www.coca-colagivingback.com.