National Community Grants Program Keeping NSW Beautiful

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15 October 2014



Seventy-one community organisations around the nation banded together last year to Keep Australia Beautiful by recycling 397 tonnes of beverage containers.

That’s the equivalent of 18.9 million 600ml drink bottles – almost one for every Australian.

A new round of 2014/15 community grants will help another 80 organisations implement projects which make long term impacts on beverage container recycling, including 15 from New South Wales.

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 five years invested more than $2 million on dedicated bins and education programs.

Keep Australia Beautiful National Chief Executive Officer Peter McLean said since its inception in 2010, the grants program had supported 265 community groups and funded the operation of more than 1,000 recycling bins across the country.

“What these community groups did last year is extremely impressive.  Imagine five and a half Olympic sized swimming pools, or a rugby field with empty drink bottles piled two metres deep – that’s what 397 tonnes of beverage containers looks like,” Mr McLean said.

“It doesn’t just stop after a year. The recycling improvement builds year on year thanks to this community grants program.

“Based on the trend we’ve identified in the first five years, over the next five this grants program could be the catalyst for the recycling of 15,000 tonnes of what would otherwise become landfill.

“Picture the MCG playing surface piled with drink bottles 26 metres high – we’re talking the equivalent of an eight storey building over that entire area.

“It’s mindboggling what we can do across our big backyard when we band together.”

Michelle Allen, Public Affairs and Communication Manager for Coca-Cola South Pacific said:

“Coca-Cola is very proud to be supporting this initiative which produces effective grass roots recycling outcomes in communities right across Australia.

“It enables away-from-home access to infrastructure, like bin placement, and offers the public the opportunity to dispose of used beverage containers in an appropriate manner.”

Mr McLean said there was an impressive array of innovative grant applications this year with many recipients focussed on portable recycling solutions and education tools to cope with the abundance of litter at festivals and community events.

“This year the program is working strongly with local councils which account for 46% of total grant recipients, which is up from an engagement rate of 42% in the last funding round and that is really helping to ensure this money impacts as many Australians as possible,” Mr McLean said.

“Whilst public place recycling is strong in CBD areas, there are temporary, highly trafficked locations such as festivals and events and without adequate infrastructure and strong educational components a lot of waste can be generated.

“Programs which have received funding help educate people about correct waste disposal, the cause and effect of recycling and look at how to enforce best practice principles in local communities.

“The grants of up to $10,000 are a practical and educational tool to keep the community free of litter and highlight the benefits of recycling.”

2014 State Recipient Table

State Organisation Grant Value Total Value Total Grants


Albury City Council





Ashfield Public School



Coffs Harbour City Council



Grays Point Public School



Great Lakes Council



Greater Taree City Council



Lake Macquarie City Council



Maitland City Council



Mid Western Regional Council Gulgong (deferred)



Mid Western Regional Council Rylstone (deferred)



Oberon Council



Parramatta High School



Queanbeyan City Council



Somersby Public School



Western Sydney Institute of TAFE



Did you know?

  • Recycling one plastic drink bottle saves enough energy to power a computer for 25 minutes.[i]
  • By recycling six aluminium cans you can offset a 25 km train journey, a 17 km bus ride or a 10 km trip in an average size car.[ii]
  • Recycling one aluminium can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.[iii]
  • Manufacturing 20 aluminium cans from recycled materials uses the same amount of energy as making one can from raw materials.[iv]

About Keep Australia Beautiful

Keep Australia Beautiful is the national peak body on litter prevention. With more than four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, Eco-Schools, The LITTLE Committee, Australia’s Litter Action Plan and Keep Australia Beautiful Week in August.

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company is a local business on a global scale. As the business has expanded over the years, its community support has grown to create and support projects most relevant to local communities around the globe. The company is committed to investing 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 organisations 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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