“We’re basically the only city in the state of Georgia that received some,” Director of Central Services Phill Francis said. “We’re really grateful to receive that grant because it saves us from having to purchase some (bins), which is a good thing.”
According to a press release, Coca-Cola and the NRC are “helping 76 organizations fulfill their New Year’s resolutions to recycle more and waste less” with their 2007 Bin Grant program, which will distribute 2,500 recycling bins to grant recipients in 40 states.
These recipients include 15 colleges and universities, 19 municipalities and other local governments, 18 schools, 20 “community-based nonprofits” and three Native American tribes.
“The response to this grant program has been phenomenal,” said Kate Krebs, executive director of the NRC. “It’s a privilege for the NRC to partner with Coca-Cola to provide recycling collection bins that will build, expand and strengthen recycling programs at school, work and play.”
Francis said the city will put out the bins at school sports events, parades, street dances and other such events and will have them available for churches and other civic organizations to borrow for their own functions.
“Those containers can be used by any church or civic organization to assist them in collection of their recyclables at their respective events,” he said.
The city will then come and pick them up.
Griffin Mayor Doug Hollberg is pleased that the city received the grant.
“It’s just a testimony to the hard work the community has done in accepting recycling,” he said.
Any group wishing to borrow recycling containers for use at an event should contact Central Services at 770-229-6421.