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Press Release: New Coastal and Waterway Community Recycling Grant To Help Prevent Marine Debris Is Now Open

FALLS CHURCH, VA (July 12, 2018) – The Recycling Partnership, with support from a $1 million donation from The Coca-Cola Foundation, has opened up a new coastal and waterways community grant program to help address the challenge of waste in waterways and help improve the collection of recyclables for reuse.

The RFP is now available for cities and towns to apply for the coastal community cart-based grant.

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With the release of the RFP, The Recycling Partnership offers a unique opportunity for communities to apply for grant funding to support one of two kinds of recycling program improvements:

  1. The conversion of a bin or bag-based curbside recycling collection program to a cart-based program; or
  2. The implementation of a new curbside recycling program using cart-based collection.

“The purpose of this grant program is to advance recycling in communities located adjacent to America’s major waterways,” says Rob Taylor, technical assistance specialist, The Recycling Partnership. “And to assist with the implementation of programs and practices that will reduce litter and work to curtail marine debris.”

In addition to the implementation of one of these curbside program improvements, successful applicants must conduct one or more additional initiatives to address litter in their communities. Grant funding will be made available to support qualifying litter clean-up activities. Additional funding may also be available to support the purchase of public space recycling receptacles for areas near waterways.

“The Coca-Cola Foundation places a high priority on supporting organizations like The Recycling Partnership that are substantially improving recycling in communities through infrastructure and education,” said Helen Smith Price, president, The Coca-Cola Foundation. “Through this new program, people living in coastal and waterway communities will be provided with the recycling program they need to prevent recyclables from entering waterways while also improving collection for future use.”

The first round of the grant is open now and closes September 21, 2018, with work to follow shortly after in the selected communities.

About The Recycling Partnership
The Recycling Partnership (www.recyclingpartnership.org) is a national nonprofit organization that leverages corporate partner funding to transform recycling for good in cities and towns all across America. As the only organization in the country that engages the full recycling supply chain from the corporations that manufacture products and packaging to local governments charged with recycling to industry end markets, haulers, material recovery facilities, and converters; The Recycling Partnership positively impacts recycling at every step in the

process. By the end of 2018, The Recycling Partnership expects to have served 900 communities with tools, resources and technical support, provided 500,000 recycling carts, reached 40 million households, and helped companies and cities invest more than $33 million in recycling infrastructure.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Foundation is the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has awarded more than $830 million in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please visit www.coca-colagivingback.com.

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Media Contact:
The Recycling Partnership
Stacy Wilbur
stacy@teakmedia.com
(617) 269-717

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