According to Jennifer Berry with Keep America Beautiful, Asheville Greenworks won a grant from Nestle Waters to establish a strong recycling program at the John B. Lewis Soccer Complex, which is frequented by more than one million visitors and community members per year. The program will provide comprehensive recycling accessibility that is currently unavailable to community members, a great number of whom consume bottled water and sports drinks.
The grant will pay for 12 recycling bins as well as maintenance and tracking costs. Staff will store the recyclables on site before taking them to a local recycling facility, where recyclables will be weighed and measured. The city of Asheville is already committed to installing and maintaining these bins, and the Youth Soccer Association will work to encourage and promote the use of the recycling containers.
. . .To help people get plugged into bottle recycling in their communities, Nestle Waters North America and Keep America Beautiful have teamed up to help local communities improve recycling where it was once inadequate or inconvenient. According to industry experts, less than 24 percent of plastic beverage bottles were recycled in 2007.
To encourage and empower local communities to make away-from-home recycling more convenient, Nestle Waters North America announced it has teamed up with Keep America Beautiful to provide $10,000 “Recycle On The Go” grants to 12 Keep America Beautiful affiliates. . . (source - KAB)
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