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The City of Broken Arrow announced today that it is teaming up with PepsiCo Recycling to bring new recycling bins to some of the City’s facilities. The PepsiCo Recycling Bin program provides consumers with an easy and convenient way to recycle away from home. Through PepsiCo Recycling, about 161 million bottles and cans have been recycled.
Guided by PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose agenda, PepsiCo Recycling is committed to reducing its environmental impact by reducing waste and protecting the planet. It is through strong partnerships that they are able to improve recycling rates and help make communities around the country more sustainable.
The PepsiCo Recycling program has introduced thousands of new recycling solutions to high-traffic retail locations, colleges and universities, K-12 schools and other organizations across the U.S. with the goal of increasing the national beverage container recycling rate. Since the launch of the program in 2010, recycling rates have already increased.
“Broken Arrow residents increasingly ask how we as a community can work together to become more sustainable, so we’re excited to partner with PepsiCo Recycling on a program that helps the environment,” said Michael Spurgeon, City Manager. “The bins provided by PepsiCo Recycling make it easy and convenient for everyone to recycle.”
The recycling containers, shaped like plastic bottles, are now located at 17 locations across the City, including parks, community centers, splash pads, pools, recreation facilities and four of the City’s office buildings. City staff will manage delivery of bottles and cans to the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (M.e.t.) recycling facility in Broken Arrow. The M.e.t. processes the bottles and cans and proudly employs adults with developmental disabilities to sift through its daily loads. This ensures a clean product with the highest recycle value.
“This is a great community partnership for the M.e.t. We are happy to support Broken Arrow and responsibly recycle bottles and cans while continuing to employ adults with disabilities,” said Graham Brannin, Executive Director of the M.e.t.
PepsiCo Recycling supports a variety of programs and organizations including The Nature Conservancy, which helps protect clean drinking water for millions of Americans, and the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities, which provides training to post-9/11 disabled veterans in entrepreneurship and small-business management. Visit nature.org and ebv.vets.syr.edu for more information.
“In sync with PepsiCo’s ‘Performance with Purpose’ agenda to protect the planet in which we all work and live, we are thrilled to partner with the great City of Broken Arrow to make recycling beverage containers more convenient and accessible for everyone,” said Tim Carey, PepsiCo Senior Director of Sustainability. “The small act of recycling makes a big impact. Every recycled bottle and can makes a difference, and we are proud to be a part of that.”
PepsiCo continues to build meaningful relationships and work on bringing together broader, more efficient recycling to communities nationwide. To learn more about PepsiCo Recycling, please visit PepsiCoRecycling.com.
About PepsiCo Recycling
The PepsiCo Recycling initiative, introduced on Earth Day 2010, brings innovative recycling solutions to colleges and universities, K-12 schools, gas stations and popular retail locations across the U.S. with the goal of increasing the national beverage container recycling rate. With programs including Recycle Rally and college and university container collections, and the help of many strategic partners, students and public citizens alike, PepsiCo is well on its way to achieving its goal. To learn more, please visit www.PepsiCoRecycling.com.
About Broken Arrow
Located in northeast Oklahoma, Broken Arrow has been recognized consistently as one of the best places in America to live and raise a family. With a population nearing 112,000, we set the standard by providing the best municipal programs and services. With destination attractions in the Rose District, the Performing Arts Center, Warren Theatre, Bass Pro Shops and more, residents and visitors have many options when it comes to choosing shopping, dining, cultural and entertainment activities.
About the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (M.e.t.)
The M.e.t. is a governmental trust of 11 local jurisdictions including Broken Arrow. The Mission is to “partner with member communities to develop, deliver, and support environmental programs and services, and to educate citizens on sound environmental practices.” The recycling drop off depots continue to be employed by adults with developmental disabilities to provide meaningful employment.