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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.