Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful teams up with Nestlé Waters to improve recycling in Hillsborough County

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“Recycling in the parks has been challenging in the past, and we look forward to implementing solutions this summer,” said KHCB Executive Director Commerce. “With the ‘Recycle On The Go’ grant, we are taking steps toward improving our community’s recycling rates and our environment.”

“As a country, we have got to do better when it comes to recycling. With dynamic community engagement and education programs, Keep America Beautiful is a great partner to help push forward more comprehensive and successful recycling programs,” said Kim Jeffery, president and CEO of Nestlé Waters North America, which has committed to working with others to more than double current plastic beverage bottle recycling rates to 60 percent by 2018.

“One community at a time, one container at a time, we will work with great organizations like Keep America Beautiful and its Hillsborough County affiliate to make recycling easier for people,” Jeffery added.

In many communities, for those who do not have curbside recycling, the task of taking items, like plastic bottles, all the way to a recycling center is inconvenient for many people. According to the National Association for PET Container Resources, less than 24% of plastic beverage bottles were recycled in 2007. With the “Recycle On The Go” grant, Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful will help to improve local recycling options for community residents, and may prevent valuable, recyclable materials – like plastic – from ending up in landfills.

More information on all of the “Recycle On The Go” grant recipients is available at If you know of a park in Hillsborough County that you would like to see recycling implemented, please contact Daisy Packer at (813) 960-5121 or [email protected]

announced it has teamed up with Keep America Beautiful to provide $10,000 “Recycle On The Go” grants to 12 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, including Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful. These efforts are being done in hopes of encouraging and empowering local communities, like Hillsborough County, to make away-from-home recycling more convenient.

Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful was selected from over 55 other KAB affiliates for its "innovative proposal to tackle public space recycling at four major Hillsborough County park facilities. Between tournaments, sports leagues, and every day use, these locations each see approximately 75,000 residents and visitors per year. The sites chosen to start this campaign are Northdale Park, Shimberg Park, Ed Raddice Sports Complex and Lake Park. The bins, provided by Conex Recycling, collect plastics 1-7, aluminum and tin."

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