Earlier this summer, the City of Fond du Lac placed 25 general purpose recycling bins throughout Lakeside Park. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and The Coca-Cola Foundation.
John Kiefer, Fond du Lac parks and forestry superintendent, noted that "Lakeside Park attracts tens of thousands of residents and guests throughout the year. During its many festivals and events, thousands of beverages and food containers are used. In the past, these have been thrown away instead of reclaimed for recycling."
"Through our support of the Bin Grant program and our long-standing partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to bring sustainability to life in local communities across the country," said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America Group. "By increasing access to recycling today, we build sustainable communities for the future."
"One of the main barriers to recycling is convenience. Providing a recycling bin helps communities overcome that barrier," said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. "We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola's support and commitment to recycling, and for its support and commitment of the Bin Grant Program."
The City of Fond du Lac was one of 156 local government, schools, colleges and other community groups nationwide to receive a grant. Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on a number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future.
The Bin Grant program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. In its seven years of operation, the Bin Grant program has placed more than 29,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. A full list of the spring 2013 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org/