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SD Mines awarded Coca-Cola Bin Grant to aid campus recycling efforts
Release Date Monday, August 11, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 11, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has been awarded the 2014 Coca-Cola Recycling Bin Grant by the Coca-Cola Foundation to better advance the university’s recycling efforts. The bins will be placed at the stadium and the King Center for events.

“This is a great opportunity to show how the university can show its support to the community by helping to provide a more sustainable environment,” said Trevor Schmelz, campus environmental health and safety manager.

In its ninth year, the Coca-Cola/Keep America Beautiful (KAB) Recycling Bin Grant Program continues to recognize the significant need for public space recycling bins with more than 1,027 applications received. Recipients were chosen by Keep America Beautiful based on criteria including the extent of their need, recycling experience and their ability to sustain the program in the future. Special outreach was made to colleges and universities through a partnership with the College and University Recycling Coalition, a membership organization serving campus recycling managers.

“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnerships with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to ensure that communities understand the importance of recycling,” said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America. “Community recycling not only impacts the environment today, but it helps to build sustainable communities for the future.”

The Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. Since 2007, the program has placed more than 35,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities across the United States. A full list of the spring 2014 Recycling Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at


About SDSM&T

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is $62,020 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at, on Facebook at and on Twitter at

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit

About The Coca-Cola Foundation

Since its inception, The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded more than $500 million to support global sustainable community initiatives, including water stewardship, community recycling, activity healthy living and education. For more information about The Coca-Cola Foundation, please go to