News From Terre Haute, Indiana

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May 14, 2014

Recycle bins coming to city buildings

Should be in place by mid-summer

TERRE HAUTE — The City of Terre Haute is taking steps to increase recycling on city-owned property.

The city has been awarded 30 new recycling bins from Keep America Beautiful, a volunteer-based organization dedicated to improving the appearance of public spaces, and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

The bins, which are expected to arrive here in June or July, will be placed around City Hall, at each of the city’s nine fire stations and the police station.

The goal is to encourage recycling, especially of plastic, glass and aluminum beverage containers, said Steven Flowers, community outreach coordinator for the City of Terre Haute. As part of the grant program, the city will monitor how heavily the bins are used, he said.

“We’re doing things the city has never done before to become a greener community,” said Mayor Duke Bennett in a news release issued Wednesday. The city has recently opened the new Maple Avenue Nature Park, is working to clean up brownfield sites and is building a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, he stated. “This is another step forward in addressing the litter problem in our community.”

The Coca-Cola/KAB recycle bins will have a 60-gallon capacity and can be placed indoors or outdoors, Flowers said. At present, the plan is for city employees and volunteers to sort items placed in the bins in the basement of City Hall for later delivery to the Indiana State University recycling center, he said. If the volume of recycled items makes that difficult, another solution will be found, he added.

“That would be a good problem to have,” Flowers said.

The ISU center currently provides recycling services for the city. ISU has received Keep America Beautiful grants in the past to promote recycling on campus, said Paul Reed of the university’s facilities management division.

This is the ninth year for the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant program. Terre Haute applied for the grant last year but was unsuccessful, Flowers said. Across America, the program is proving nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges, universities this year alone, according to Wednesday’s news release.

“By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling – convenience,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful, also quoted in the news release.

Since 2007, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities across the U.S., according to the news release.

A full list of the 2014 grant recipients is available at bingrant.org.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com

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