Local recycling grants from Waste Management given

Waste Management 2010 Think Green Grant Recipients are:

•Keep Austin Beautiful, Texas
•Keep Brevard Beautiful, Fla.
•Keep Chatsworth-Murray Beautiful, Ga.
•Keep Denton Beautiful, Texas
•Keep Hot Springs - Garland Beautiful, Ark.
•Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Ind.
•Keep Knoxville Beautiful, Texas
•Keep Pensacola-Escambia Clean & Green, Fla. •Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Ariz.
•Keep Pine Bluff-Jefferson County Clean & Beautiful, Ark.
•Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Fla.
•Keep Plano Beautiful, Texas
•Keep Polk County Beautiful, Inc., Fla.
•Keep Tupelo Beautiful, Miss.
•Conserva el Encanto de Mi Isla Preciosa, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fifteen Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliates will share $150,000 in cash grants sponsored by Waste Management (WM). The Waste Management Think Green Community Improvement Grants are part of a nationwide effort encouraging the development of local solutions designed to improve community environments.

For the fourth year, WM is collaborating with KAB to offer merit-based grants to KAB’s nearly 600 local affiliates nationwide. To qualify, affiliates present innovative and ambitious proposals for projects encouraging education and community involvement to support environmental stewardship. This year, 55 organizations submitted proposals to receive a WM Think Green Grant.

The winning programs are highly creative, reflecting the diverse interests and needs of the communities involved. These programs encourage recycling and reuse, provide hands-on environmental education, convey the importance of stewardship to the public through a variety of means such as public service announcements, videos and booklets, and enhance neighborhoods through beautification and community greening. Support of these initiatives marks WM’s intent to building awareness about sustainable resources for effective management of waste.

Waste Management partners with KAB on additional programs, which include community beautification grants (target/showcase) and as a National Sponsor for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.