11 April 2013 - The Keep Australia Beautiful grants, funded by Coca-Cola, are open to all communities across Australia with grants of up to $10,000 per applicant available for projects that will result in a measurable increase in beverage container recycling in local communities.

Applications are open to community groups, local associations, small to medium enterprises and local councils and will be awarded to:

  •  projects which address the specific issue of beverage container recycling and its by-products;
  •  practical local solutions that can be used as examples for others and leave a legacy;
  •  projects that do not duplicate existing recycling activities; and
  •  projects that result in measurable volumes of recycled materials.
According to Peter McLean, Keep Australia Beautiful National Executive Officer, "Local communities play an important role in tackling litter and diverting waste from landfill. By providing funding for additional public place recycling infrastructure, education and awareness, this program aims to significantly increase beverage container recycling rates at the very local level.

"These grants enable projects that otherwise might not come to fruition to be implemented by local community groups, councils, and other organisations to benefit both the local community and the environment in a positive, results driven way."

A proven ability to implement, measure and report on suitable projects will be taken into account, whilst past and present participants in the Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Communities Awards - incorporating the Tidy Towns and Sustainable Cities programs, will also be highly regarded.

In larger communities this may mean infrastructure for events, or for special venues such as large retail centres, sporting venues or education centres. In smaller communities, it may mean assistance with transport or processing to overcome remote location or dispersed population.

The 2013 grants program brings the investment by Coca-Cola to $1.2 million in partnership with the Keep Australia Beautiful Network, to encourage public place recycling. Over 125 organisations have implemented local projects Australia wide through the program to date.

A total of $409,000 in grant funding is available for this year's program with applications closing on Friday 14th June 2013. Successful applicants will be advised by early July.

To apply visit the Keep Australia Beautiful national website www.kab.org.au (click 'Programs 'Beverage Container Recycling Grants) and fill in the online application form or contact Keep Australia Beautiful National Association

*conditions apply for school applications



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2012 Community Recycling Grant recipient Ararat Rural City Council, used their funding to purchase and install new public-place recycling bins at seven sporting facilities across Buangor, Tatyoon, Mininera, Lake Bolac, Willaura, Moyston, Pomonal and Alexandra Oval in Ararat. The project also included education for sporting and community groups so that the maximum impact is achieved the program.



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Two of 15 grants awarded to NSW communities for 2012, were Lismore City Council and local Lismore business, Tropical Fruits Inc. Lismore City Council received funding to install public place recycling bins in the food court and general public areas of the Lismore Shopping Square with the aim of collecting about 58 tonnes of recyclables annually. Tropical Fruits Inc. received funding for their 'YOU CAN' project which aims to move Tropical Fruits and its annual New Year's Eve Festival towards a greener, waste-wise and more sustainable future.



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The project "Bins between the Red and Yellow Flags" consists of providing colour-coded 60L bins for use during surf patrolling activities on South Australia's patrolled beaches. Surf Lifesaving SA engaged the members of its 19 clubs, and the public, to help keep beaches free from litter by helping all beachgoers to deposit garbage and recyclables in the correct bins.

For media enquiries and details of previous projects please contact:
Lara Shannon, KAB National Publicity, on 0415 076 015 or laras@kab.org.au
Peter McLean, KAB National Executive Officer on 0416 227 158 or peter@kab.org.au

Editor's Notes:

Full link direct to the relevant page if running story online is:
http://kab.org.au/beverage-container-recycling-grants

About Keep Australia Beautiful
Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment. National programs include the Australian Sustainable Community Awards consisting of Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities; the National Litter Index; Beverage Container Community Recycling Grants and Keep Australia Beautiful Week (19-24 August in 2013).

About The Coca-Cola Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company is a local business on a global scale. As our business has expanded over the years, so our community support has grown to create and support projects most relevant to local communities around the globe. We are committed to investing our time, expertise and resources to help develop and maintain vibrant, sustainable and local communities.

Established in 1984 (and wholly funded by The Coca-Cola Company), The Coca-Cola Foundation helps keep that commitment every day by partnering with organizations around the globe to support initiatives and programs that respond in a meaningful way to community needs and priorities.

More information on The Coca-Cola Foundation can be found at http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com/citizenship/foundation.html