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Canton residents visiting several community parks should expect to see cleaner public parks this spring thanks to a significant grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) in collaboration with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful.
The Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program provided funding to Canton Township to install 30 recycling bins that were placed in several parks, including: Heritage Park; Independence Park, Canton Dog Park and Preservation Park. In 2018, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program is funding 34 grants with a total distribution of 936 new recycling bins in public parks across the country, making recycling more accessible for Americans enjoying the outdoors.
Now in its sixth year, the Park Recycling Bin Grant Program from Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Keep America Beautiful has provided nearly 5,250 recycling bins to local governments and community organizations across 44 states. This investment in recycling infrastructure has improved recycling accessibility and convenience in a variety of park settings, including neighborhood and larger regional parks, beaches, athletic fields and walking trails.
“Our longstanding partnership with Dr Pepper Snapple Group is helping to make an on-the-ground difference in the accessibility of recycling bins in public spaces,” said Helen Lowman, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “In our effort to transform public spaces into beautiful places, it’s important to continue making it easier and more convenient for visitors of public parks to recycle on the go, keeping our parks pristine and beautiful.”
“We’re thrilled that Canton was one of twelve cities nationwide to be awarded this year’s recycling grant from Keep America Beautiful and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group,” said Canton Parks Supervisor Abe Vinitski. “Canton Leisure Services is committed to reducing waste and improving environmental sustainability in our parks. Since adding recycling bins within each of our Canton Township facilities, we have seen a great response from our residents and hope that adding these receptacles to our parks will continue to increase the recycling efforts of all visitors to our parks.”
Canton Leisure Services, a department within the Charter Township of Canton, Michigan, has been recognized as the winner of the 2008 National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award. The most prestigious award of its kind, the Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, fiscal resource management, citizen support systems, environmental stewardship, preservation, technological integration, program planning and assessment, professional development, and agency recognition. In addition, Canton Leisure Services has been accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies since 2004 and welcomes individuals of all ages and abilities to take advantage of its variety of recreational programs, events and services that make Canton, MI a great place to live, work, and explore. Its facilities include the Summit on the Park recreation center, The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Canton Sports Center, Pheasant Run and Fellows Creek Municipal Golf Clubs, Canton Club 55+, and The B.L.O.C.K. Youth and Teen Center.
About Keep America BeautifulKeep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th Anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is its cornerstone. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, like them on Facebook, or view them on YouTube.
About Dr Pepper Snapple GroupDr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Their success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun, and flavor. They have seven of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and nine of their 10 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. To learn more about their iconic brands and this Plano, Texas-based company, please visit http://www.DrPepperSnapple.com. For more information on DPS's philanthropic efforts and sustainability goals, visit http://www.dpsgsustainability.com.