Community projects receive a funding boost to increase QLD beverage container recycling efforts

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24 September 2013



To increase beverage container recycling in public places, 71 local communities across the country have been awarded a Keep Australia Beautiful Community Grant, including 16 Queensland recipients.

The Keep Australia Beautiful community grants program, funded by Coca-Cola, is now in its fourth year and provides financial assistance to local community projects that demonstrate a measurable result in diverting beverage containers out of landfill, through increased recycling at a local level.

The grants program has provided over $440,000 in funding for the 2013 projects in local communities across Australia.

Last year’s program resulted in 274 tonnes of beverage containers being recovered and around 1380 new recycling bins being installed in public places nationally.

‘For many people, the barrier to recycling when they are out and about is simply due to a lack of recycling bins in public places’, says Keep Australia Beautiful CEO QLD, Rick Burnett.

‘When you consider that recycling 1 tonne of glass saves 1.1 tonnes of raw materials and 30% energy use, and recycling one plastic drink bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes, it’s clear we need the right infrastructure in place to assist people with recycling’, he added.

Since the community grants program started, over $1.24 million has been distributed to over 190 projects that have aided almost 3 million people to recycle their bottles and cans in public places.

Grants have been distributed for a broad range of projects to recipients, from the Islanders Board of Industry and Service in Bamaga and Thursday Island (IBIS) in Queensland to help facilitate the recovery of the 710,000 drinks sold through their stores each year, to the University of Western Australia to introduce recycling on the campus grounds and educating the Campus community.

‘By providing funding that allows local communities to implement recycling systems specific to their needs, collectively we have recovered a total of over 340 tonnes of beverage containers for recycling since the program started’, Burnett said.

The 2013 Queensland Recipients include: 

Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire Gold Coast Gymnastics Club Inc
Burnside State High School Islanders Board of Industry and Service (IBIS) Bamaga
Cairns Regional Council Islanders Board of Industry and Service (IBIS) Thursday Island
Central Highlands Development Corporation Mackay Regional Council
Cleveland District State High School Queensland Police-citizens Youth Welfare Association – Crestmead PCYC
Currumbin RSL Group Scenic Rim Regional Council
Glenden State School Surfers paradise rugby union club inc
Gold Coast City Council Warwick Indoor Recreation & Aquatic Centre (WIRAC)

For media enquiries and project details please contact:

Lara Shannon, KAB National Publicist on 0415 076 015 or

Peter McLean, KAB National Executive Officer on 0416 227 158 or

Editor’s Notes:

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful seeks to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.  National programs include the Australian Sustainable Community Awards consisting of Tidy Towns, Sustainable Cities, Clean Beaches; the National Litter Index (results released in August) and Keep Australia Beautiful Week.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company is a local business on a global scale. As our business has expanded over the years, so our community support has grown to create and support projects most relevant to local communities around the globe. We are committed to investing our time, expertise and resources to help develop and maintain vibrant, sustainable and local communities.

Established in 1984 (and wholly funded by The Coca-Cola Company), The Coca-Cola Foundation helps keep that commitment every day by partnering with organizations around the globe to support initiatives and programs that respond in a meaningful way to community needs and priorities.

More information on The Coca-Cola Foundation can be found at

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