Unifi and REPREVE award grants to four Keep America Beautiful affiliates
June 1, 2011-- Casual Living,
The REPREVE Recycling Grant Program, through its parent company Unifi, has donated grant funding to four Keep America Beautiful affiliates in North Carolina to increase plastic bottle (PET) recycling.
This grant program, focusing on local community-based plastic bottle recycling programs, is the first by Unifi with Keep America Beautiful. Grants were awarded to one western and three eastern North Carolina communities for outstanding proposals to increase public space recycling.
"Today, only 28% of PET bottles are recycled," said Roger Berrier, president and COO for Unifi, the makers of 100% recycled REPREVE yarn. "At Unifi, we are committed to driving education to consumers and throughout our industry regarding the importance of recycling."
Keep Greenville Beautiful was selected for its plan to place new recycling bins in the Greenville town common area and amphitheater. Keep Nash-Edgecombe Counties Beautiful in Rocky Mount will offer new recycling bins at the Rocky Mount Sports Complex. Keep New Hanover Beautiful, in the Wilmington area, will locate its new bins in a city park along with offering a "Recycling Ambassador" program to the public. Keep Gastonia Beautiful will be placing recycling bins in its new downtown Lineberger Park.
"Unifi's support of Keep America Beautiful's public space recycling effort on a local level is critical to building recycling markets in North Carolina," said Keep America Beautiful President and CEO Matt McKenna.
Heather Thompson, executive director, Keep NC Beautiful, said, "Unifi's donation of grants to four Keep NC Beautiful affiliates proves the benefits of public-private partnerships in empowering communities to offer recycling options to citizens taking part in everyday activities."
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for
improving their community environments. For more information, visit www.kab.org.
Keep NC Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit that engages and supports organizations and individuals to keep the state beautiful. Visit www.keepncbeautiful.org.
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