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Have a Bin and a Smile

Coca-Cola and Keep America Beautiful team up for recycling bin grant program.

The Coca-Cola Co. and Keep America Beautiful (KAB) are accepting applicatioons for their Recycling Bin Grant Program. Recipients receive recycling bins and consulting from KAB officials on how to set up recycling programs.

Governmental agencies, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups are eligible to apply for the grants. Applications can be submitted at www.bingrant.org. The submission deadline is Friday, March 12.

The program, which is part of Coca-Cola's $60 million investment in recycling initiatives, has been held each year since the fall of 2007 and has placed roughly 5,700 recycling bins in 150 communities across the country.

In other recycling news:

  • KAB, through the Environmental Grant Program that it runs with Anheuser-Busch, has awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to six affiliates. The grants will "support a variety of environmental programs, including increasing awareness of the need to recycle beverage containers … ," according to a KAB press release.

    The program awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to the following affiliates: Keep Casper Beautiful (Casper, Wyo.), Keep Nassau Beautiful (Fernandina Beach, Fla.), Keep West Baton Rouge Beautiful (Port Allen, La.), Keep Palm Beach County Beautiful (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Keep Pennsylvania — Southwest (Greensburg, Pa.) and Keep Phoenix Beautiful (Phoenix).

  • Covanta Energy and the city and county of Honolulu are asking Oahu residents to recycle mercury-containing thermometers and medical devices. To encourage them, the firm and Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services (ENV) are offering residents a $5 gift card for each mercury-containing device they recycle.

    Covanta and ENV will collect mercury-containing devices at household hazardous waste collection events that are scheduled throughout 2010. The first event took place on Feb. 6.

    "It is essential that mercury does not enter the environment and that's why the collection and recycling of products containing mercury is so extremely important," said Timothy Steinberger, director of ENV, in a press release. "The public can contribute to the reduction of mercury by purchasing mercury-free products and correctly disposing of older products still containing mercury. Our objective is to reduce demand for products whose production leads to the release of mercury into the environment."

  • The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) announced that Texans recycled 12.4 million pounds of electronics last year. Texas law requires electronics manufacturers to offer recycling services to their customers free of charge.

    Currently, 81 manufacturers representing 116 brands are participating in the recycling program, according to TCEQ.

  • The city of Milwaukee won first place in the sixth annual Cans for Cash: City Recycling Challenge. The contest is sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Novelis and Keep America Beautiful.

    Milwaukee took the top prize by recycling 1.8 million aluminum cans in October 2009. Mobile, Ala., came in second, while Fontana, Calif., and Bowling Green, Ky., took third and fourth place, respectively.

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