Radford University Recycling has been awarded a 2014 Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Recycling Bin grant.
The grant will provide 50 new plastic general purpose bins to campus before the beginning of the academic year, said RU Recycling Coordinator Pavan Muddanna. The bins, Muddanna said, will be placed at RU's athletics facilities, such as the Dedmon Center, Cupp Stadium and the baseball, softball and tennis facilities.
The Keep America Beautiful program, now in its ninth year, is designed to provide recycling bins to public locations with high pedestrian traffic, such as colleges and universities, K-12 schools, athletics fields, parks and local government facilities.
Keep America Beautiful received more than 1,027 applications for the bin grants, and 51 communities and 43 colleges will be receiving nearly 4,500 recycling bins. RU is one of three higher education institutions to receive a grant.
Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria that includes "the extent of need, recycling experience and ability to sustain the program in the future," according to a KAB news release about the grant program. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC), a membership organization serving campus recycling managers.
“These Coca-Cola bins will change the aesthetics of these facilities and also help promote recycling with easy access to the recycling stations with an increased recycling rate," Muddanna explained.