New bins encourage recycling on-the-go in the City of Reno

Person putting bottle into recycling bin

Residents visiting area parks and sports fields can expect to see cleaner public parks thanks to a significant grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful.

In 2017, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program is funding 20 new recycling bins, which will be placed in Idlewild and Wingfield Parks, at the sports fields at Hilltop Park, Jack Tighe Fields and the Terrace Sports Complex, and at the baseball/softball fields Swope and Vaughn Middle Schools in Reno, making recycling easier for local residents enjoying the outdoors.

“Recycling and sustainability go hand in hand,” said Reno City Councilmember Jenny Brekhus. “These new bins will make it even easier for Reno to get in the habit of recycling and compliment our household recycling program.”

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) is assisting with the program by surveying the new recycling sites during the annual litter index to measure their effectiveness. KTMB has been dedicated to beautification, advocating for a clean community, and organizing cleanups and education in the Truckee Meadows region for more than 25 years.

Reno is one of 41 agencies from 300 total applications nationwide which Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful awarded a grant in 2017. The value of Reno’s grant award is $11,380.

In Idlewild Park, the bins will be placed at the reservable picnic areas and by the upper softball fields.  At Wingfield Park, they will be placed on the east island by two pedestrian footbridges to support special events.  At the other sites, they will be placed by existing general purpose waste receptacles at the sports fields. City staff will service the bins and take recyclables to a central pickup point.

“With implementation of single-stream recycling, the City has increased commercial and residential recycling by nearly 40%,” said Lynne Barker, Sustainability Manager. “Adding recycling bins to heavily used picnic areas and sports fields is a good opportunity to raise awareness and pilot recycling in public places and facilities. This project can lay the groundwork for expanding recycling in the public realm.”

Now in its fifth year, the Park Recycling Bin Grant Program from Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful has provided more than 900 new recycling bins in public parks across the country and more than 4,300 recycling bins to local governments and community organizations across 41 states over the program’s history. This investment in recycling infrastructure has improved recycling accessibility and convenience in a variety of park settings, including neighborhood and larger regional parks, beaches, athletic fields and walking trails.

“We are very pleased with the momentum that continues to build through our ongoing work with Keep America Beautiful,” said Vicki Draughn, vice president of corporate affairs for Dr Pepper Snapple Group. “As communities continue to improve their infrastructure to support recycling at home and at work, this program helps address a persistent challenge, which is improving recycling opportunities for people on-the-go.”

A recent national survey conducted by Keep America Beautiful revealed a lack of away-from-home recycling opportunities. While more than 90 percent of people indicated it was not a challenge to recycle at home, more than 55 percent found it difficult to recycle in public places such as parks.

Additional research conducted by Keep America Beautiful indicated only 12 percent of surveyed public locations had recycling infrastructure in place to recover the containers. The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program is designed to address the obstacles of overcoming lack of recycling convenience.

“Too many public parks and other public spaces lack recycling bins that are within reach,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Our partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group has placed bins in hundreds of parks across the U.S., in the process giving nearly 1 million people convenient access to new recycling opportunities.”

For a complete list of grant recipients, go to the Park Recycling Bin Grant Program website.

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