Source: Keep America BeautifulSTAMFORD, Conn. (Feb. 1, 2013) - Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation recently announced a call for applications for the 2013 Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program, a program designed to expand and support recycling in communities across America. The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is funded through a $300,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company

Since 2010, more than 29,000 recycling bins have been distributed through the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program. Three-hundred organizations have received bin grants and 4.3 million people have been reached through this program.

"Providing much-needed public space recycling infrastructure is a key component of a holistic approach to increasing the nation's recycling rates," said Brenda Pulley, Senior Vice President, Recycling, Keep America Beautiful. "The Coca-Cola Company's commitment to providing more local organizations with such a significant number of recycling bins is truly refreshing. We applaud them for being such a steadfast supporter of our recycling programs."

"We are pleased to support Keep America Beautiful and look forward to the continued community impact of this initiative," said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. "Studies have shown that recycling bins placed in convenient locations significantly improve the amount of material recycled. Through this program, thousands of bins will be placed where people live, work and play."

Grant applications will be available online through March 4, 2013. The bin grant program will include college and university focused grants as well as the traditional public space recycling bin grants. All interested parties can visit http://bingrant.org to apply.

Eligible recipients for the public space grant include government agencies, civic organizations, schools and nonprofit groups. All colleges and universities will be eligible for the college-specific grant. Successful applicants will be notified by Keep America Beautiful in April 2013 to offer guidance, confirm their needs and solidify bin selection. Suppliers will deliver bins directly to the recipients throughout the summer.

About Keep America BeautifulKeep America Beautiful is the nation's leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community's environment. For more information, visit www.kab.org.About The Coca-Cola FoundationThe Coca-Cola Foundation awarded more than $70 million to 263 community organizations around the world in 2011 to support sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, active, healthy living, and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go towww.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundationcoke.html.

Emily Attwood is Managing Editor of Athletic Business.