Anheuser-Busch and KAB support recycling programs

Recycling programs in 75 towns and cities throughout the country are receiving a significant boost to their local recycling efforts as nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation announced the recipients of the 2011 Lend-A-Bin Grant program.

The winners of this year's Lend-A-Bin Grants:

Anderson County Solid Waste, TN
Bladen County Solid Waste, NC
Boone County Solid Waste Management District, IN
Boston Mountain Solid Waste District, AR
Broome County Solid Waste Management, NY
Cecil County Solid Waste Management Division, MD
City of Albany, NY
City of Atoka, OK
City Of Bethlehem Bureau of Recycling, PA
City of Bothell, WA
City of Chisago, MN
City of East Lansing, Michigan, MI
City of Greenville Solid Waste Department, SC
City of Heflin, AL
City of Mendota, CA
City of New Orleans, Department of Sanitation, LA
City of Newport,    RI
City of Newport News Recycling Office, VA
City of Owensboro, Sanitation Department,KY
City of Rock Hill Clean and Green,SC
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection,CT
Defiance County Environmental Services KAB, OH
Fort Sill Apache Tribe, OK
Franklin County (MA) Solid Waste District, MA
Gaston County Solid Waste and Recycling, NC
Hopewell Clean City Commission, VA
Hot Springs/Garland County Beautification Commission, AR
Howard County Recycling District, IN
Kansas Organization of Recyclers, KS
Keep America Beautiful of New Hanover County, NC
Keep Angleton Beautiful, TX
Keep Blount Beautiful, TN
Keep Carlsbad Beautiful, NM
Keep Carroll Beautiful, GA
Keep Charleston Beautiful, SC
Keep Cobb Beautiful, GA
Keep Columbus Beautiful, NE
Keep Dorchester County Beautiful, SC
Keep Dublin Laurens Beautiful, Inc., GA
Keep Evansville Beautiful, IN
Keep Fayetteville/Lincoln County Beautiful, Inc., TN
Keep Greenville County Beautiful, SC
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc., IN
Keep Jackson Beautiful, TN
Keep Knoxville Beautiful, TN
Keep Midland Beautiful, TX
Keep Phoenix Beautiful, AZ
Keep Pickens Beautiful, Inc., GA
Keep Pike County Beautiful, MS
Keep Polk County Beautiful, Inc., FL
Keep Richland Hills Beautiful, TX
Keep San Antonio beautiful, Inc., TX
Keep Sidney Beautiful, NE
Keep York County Beautiful, SC
Lackland Air Force Base- Qualified Recycling Program, TX
McLeod County Solid Waste, MN
Montgomery Clean City Commission, AL
North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association, ND
Oklahoma Environmental Management Authority, OK
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency, NY
Outagamie County, WI
Recycling Association of Minnesota, MN
Roane County Government, TN
Salisbury-Sharon Transfer Station, CT
Santa Rosa Clean Community System, Inc., FL
Solid Waste Department, Village of Angel Fire, NM
Sullivan County Solid Waste Management District, IN
The Metropolitan Trust, OK
Town of Bluffton, SC
Town of Metomen Recycling, FDL Cty, Wisconsin, WI
Town of Ringle, WI
Town of Southbridge, MA
Waste System Authority of Eastern Montgomery County, PA
Westmoreland Cleanways, PA
Youngstown Litter Control and Recycling, OH

In its first year, the Lend-A-Bin Grant program is providing more than 3,500 recycling bins designed for use at special events such as concerts, festivals and athletic events. The grant program is sponsored by the Anheuser-Busch Foundation and is designed to support local community recycling programs by providing the collapsible bins to selected organizations for them to lend or rent for the collection of recyclable beverage containers.

“This grant program makes financial sense, has great reach and creates a win-win for recyclers,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. “Local recycling organizations will now have a cache of recycling bins that can be lent out – over and over again – to multiple special event organizers. These event organizers won’t have to purchase and store bins throughout the year, and we know this will result in expanded recycling access for the public.”

Chosen from nearly 200 applications submitted, the 75 grant recipients represent a cross-section of local government agencies, Keep America Beautiful affiliates and members of state recycling organizations.

Recipients, representing communities in 30 states, were chosen by KAB based on a number of criteria including efficiency, planning, recycling experience, promotion, sustainability, amount of recyclables anticipated to be collected and reach.