City of Needles Receives Keep America Beautiful,
Dr Pepper Snapple Group Grant to Increase Recycling in Public Parks
The City of Needles, California August 16, 2013 – Jack Smith Park, Santa Fe Park, Nikki Bunch Ball Park, the Skate Board Park , Duke Watkins Ball Park and Franz Flowers Ball Park will be getting cleaner as the City received a 2013 Dr Pepper Snapple Group /Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant award.
In its first year, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group/KAB Park Recycling Bin Grant program is designed to establish or expand recycling opportunities in different park settings from neighborhood parks with playgrounds or athletic fields to regional parks with trails and natural settings. In an effort to help local, regional and state parks increase and make more convenient recycling opportunities for visitors, Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) committed to a one-year collaboration with KAB to fund the placement of these recycling bins.
The City received 10-each beverage recycling bins from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group/KAB Park Recycling Bin Grant program. These bins will be placed at the venues listed above to increase recycling opportunities, keep the recycled beverage containers out of the landfill and provide California Redemption Value (“CRV”) dollars to the not-for-profit local organization that currently services the City’s 4-each Drop-Off Beverage Recycling locations.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to increase public awareness of the absolute necessity for recycling as a personal habit in this disposable world” said Needles Mayor Edward Paget, M.D. “Take aluminum cans for instance; recycling aluminum is extremely energy efficient, since it only uses about 5 percent of the energy and emissions that are required to extract aluminum from natural sources. As for the plastic used for beverage containers (“PET”), according to the PET national trade organization, 5.5 million pounds of PET bottles and jars were available for recycling in 2011. Of that number only about 29% of those bottles were recycled in 2011. We can and must do better. This grant provides yet another tool to increase recycling awareness and participation.”
“We are pleased to be working with KAB to develop meaningful solutions that support public space recycling,” said Tim Gratto, vice president of sustainability for DPS. “The DPS/KAB Park Recycling Bin Grant Program makes recycling easier and more accessible for consumers in their favorite parks and public spaces while also aiding efforts to reduce litter.”
In total, 35 grants were awarded to local and state governments in 22 states. The grants will provide 721 durable, permanent recycling bins for placement in a variety of park settings. Twenty-five of the communities receiving grants intend to place bins at athletic fields; 21 will locate bins in small neighborhood parks; and 19 will use bins to establish recycling along walking trails and other natural settings. Additional bins will be placed in state parks, beach and water front locations, and larger urban parks.
The KAB partnership is part of DPS’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability. The company has set specific operational goals to improve efficiency in energy and water use, reduce manufacturing waste and conserve packaging resources by 2015.
About Needles, California:
Founded in 1883 when the southern leg of the westward expansion of the railroads crossed the lower Colorado River to connect with the track coming east from Los Angeles and incorporated as a Charter City in 1913, Needles is a city with a rich and colorful history, providing a satisfying, less hurried way of life, and a supportive business climate. From the frontier of the Old West to the frontier of the 21st century, Needles commands a strategic position in the evolution of California. Come see what makes us unique.