Applications for the 2018 Dr Pepper Snapple/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grants are being accepted through February 16.

The grant program is open to all government agencies that own or manage local, regional or state parks. Nonprofit organizations and KAB affiliates are also eligible to apply on behalf of government agencies.

For-profit businesses are not eligible to receive grants. Eligible settings include neighborhood, urban, regional and state or national parks, as well as related facilities such as playgrounds, athletic fields and nature trails. Recycling bins will not be provided for streetscapes, businesses, schools or other locations not directly related to a park setting.

Now in its sixth year, the grant program from Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE:DPS) and Keep America Beautiful has awarded more than 4,300 recycling bins to local governments and community organizations across more than 40 states. Past Pennsylvania recipients include: Friends of Nockamixon State Park; Rapho Township, Manheim; Rostraver Township, Belle Vernon; City of Pittsburgh; Keep Philadelphia Beautiful; Moore Township, Bath; City of Allentown; Washington Township, Barto; Pine Grove Furnace State Park and North Codorus Township, Spring Grove.

“Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful encourages our local and state government agencies to apply for a recycling bin grant with the goal of making it more convenient and accessible for the residents of Pennsylvania to recycle at our parks, beaches, athletic fields and walking trails,” stated Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

“We thank Dr Pepper/Snapple and Keep America Beautiful for the opportunity to expand the availability of recycling in our shared community spaces.”

To apply for the merit-based grant program, interested organizations and communities can complete an online form detailing their proposal and selecting the number and style of recycling bins from available options.

Keep America Beautiful will competitively review and award grants based on need and likelihood to recover significant quantities of recyclables. Arrangements will be made to deliver the recycling bins directly to the grant recipients in May 2018.

“We’re very pleased with the impact our partnership with Keep America Beautiful has had over the past five years, and we’re looking forward to building on this momentum in the coming year,” said Vicki Draughn, vice president of corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple.

“Consumers enjoy a large percentage of beverages away from the home and on-the-go, which is why it’s important to continue improving the convenience and availability of recycling opportunities in parks and other popular public places.”

A recent national survey conducted by Keep America Beautiful to determine where people normally recycle revealed a significant need for away-from-home recycling opportunities. While 92 percent said they recycled at home, only 19 percent indicated that they typically recycle in public parks. Additional Keep America Beautiful research has shown that only 12 percent of surveyed public locations had recycling infrastructure in place to recover the containers.

“Through Keep America Beautiful’s partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple, we’ve made recycling easier and more accessible to nearly 1 million park-goers,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Making recycling more convenient in public spaces helps reinforce the expectation that recycling is something people should do wherever they go throughout their day.”

For a complete list of past grant recipients, go to the Park Recycling Infrastructure Grant Program kab.org/parkrecycling.

About Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s mission is empowering Pennsylvanians to make our communities clean and beautiful.  Since 1990, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its volunteers have removed over 126 million pounds of litter from Pennsylvania’s roadways, greenways, parks, forests, and waterways. To learn more about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, visit www.keeppabeautiful.org. 

About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering in America, improve recycling in America, and beautify America’s communities.

The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor.

We have seven of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and nine of our 10 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Bai, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, IBC, Mott's, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit DrPepperSnapple.com.

For our latest news and updates, follow us at Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple. For more information on DPS's philanthropic efforts and sustainability goals, visit www.dpsgsustainability.com.