Beverage Container Recycling Grants
In 2015 Keep Australia Beautiful awarded 16 Grants to South Australia totalling $74,103.00 for Beverage Container Recycling Programs.
The Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants Program, funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola South Pacific in partnership with Keep Australia Beautiful, has in the past six years invested more than $2 million in local community projects that demonstrate a measurable result in diverting beverage containers out of landfill, through increased recycling at a local level.
Penong & Community Progress Association Inc – Penong
Penong Tourist Park Recycling Project
Penong is a small community in the unincorporated area of South Australia not covered by a local council but managed by a local Progress Association – a group of volunteers. The Penong Community Plan aims to increase the recycling of beverage containers to help keep the community tidy for community members and tourists that travel the area.
The Beverage Container Recycling Program Grant they received enabled the Progress Association to purchase recycling bins which were placed in community areas. Local volunteers empty the bins and take them to the nearest recycling facility.
The funds received from South Australia’s container deposit scheme for the returned beverage containers is put towards community projects such as hall renovations, waste dump improvements and improved sporting and recreational facilities for youth.
Victor Harbor Childcare and Education Centre – Victor Harbor
The city of Victor Harbor is a small town and a popular seaside tourist attraction that hosts many community events and celebrations throughout the year.
The Beverage Container Recycling Program Grant the Centre received enabled the purchase of a custom built cage trailer for use as an empty beverage container collection point within their community based centre, as well as catering to the wider community with a mobile collection service for use at other organisations and community events. The Recycling Trailer project was implemented to encourage families and the community at large to recycle their beverage containers and it has had a positive impact on the local environment and reduced waste.
“Our recycling trailer provided the community with a unique method of disposing of recyclable beverage containers at local events for our centre to then take to Recycling Depot. This was an opportunity for the community to support our non-for-profit childcare centre by donating containers which then provided funds to contribute towards our ongoing environmental and sustainability projects.” – Kelly Trethewey, Sustainability Officer, Victor Harbor Childcare and Education Centre.