Groups join to give $2.6 million grant to fun recycling initiative
April 29, 2013
In the past decade or so, many individuals have become more invested in making the world more sustainable and green. They've been harnessing solar and water power, buying cars that emit lower amounts of exhaust and growing gardens. Recycling has also become a big part of this, and a grant was recently announced to make sure this action is on the forefront of peoples' minds for years to come.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Coca-Cola and Keep America Beautiful joined forces to give a $2.59 million grant to keeping the Blue Cart Recycling Program in operation. Funds will go toward buying 50,000 more blue carts, which are used around the city to make sure people have recycling receptacles available to use, over the next five years.
The project will be expanding to include recycling services for more neighborhoods. This initiative will allow 340,000 homes to be serviced bi-weekly by the fall of 2013, a sizeable increase from the 327,000 that have been given access thus far.
"Chicago residents have been asking for citywide recycling services for many ears, and this grant will help expand blue cart recycling to all communities by the end of 2013," Emanuel explained.
Keep America Clean has had a focus on making the Chicago area more beautiful and sustainable for a number of years. The official website reported that the group is affiliated with 1,200 organizations working toward the same aim.
Organizations that are providing funds for multiple nonprofit programs might find it easier to manage their large-scale efforts with fundraising management programs that can account for funds as they are disbursed to recipients.