We couldn’t be more excited and proud to share the following news with you! 

Philadelphia, PA (September 5, 2013) – National nonprofit Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Waste Management (WM) awarded Keep Philadelphia Beautiful a $10,000 Think Green® Grant. Keep Philadelphia Beautiful’s Think Green® Grant is one of 10 awarded to KAB affiliates across the country.

The Waste Management Think Green® Grants are part of the company’s commitment to encourage the development and sustainability of environmental solutions that improve community environments. These merit-based grants support projects that KAB affiliates implement locally, such as increased recycling, environmental education and community greening programs.

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful will work with the Urban Tree Connection (www.urbantreeconnection.org) and Bennett Compost (www.bennettcompost.com) to spearhead a community composting program in the Haddington section of Philadelphia. The program will involve additional compost bins at Neighborhood Foods Farms, compost collection throughout the neighborhood, and education on how to compost and the value of composting.

Waste Management has supported KAB programs for several years and is active in KAB’s signature programs such as the Great American Cleanup™ and America Recycles Day. This year, Waste Management also supported the KAB/Ad Council public service advertising campaign – I Want To Be Recycled – that is helping educate people about the importance of recycling and motivating the occasional recycler to become an everyday recycler.

“We’re thrilled to be able to work with the Urban Tree Connection and Bennett Compost on this exciting project,” said Michelle Feldman, Executive Director of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful. “We know it will have a positive and sustainable impact on the Haddington community, and one that we will be able to continue and expand in the years to come.”

“Keep America Beautiful affiliates are singularly focused on getting members of their communities to ‘think green’ all throughout the year,” said Becky Lyons, COO of Keep America Beautiful. “Our longstanding partnership with Waste Management has been a critical component of KAB’s effort to build and sustain vibrant communities throughout the country.”

“Waste Management, KAB and its affiliates share the common goal of providing sustainable environmental, educational, recycling and beautification programs to enhance the quality of life of the communities we serve. We are pleased to support KAB’s affiliate network and the vital work they do,” said Barry Caldwell, WM senior vice president and chief communications officer and past KAB chairman of the board.

About Keep Philadelphia Beautiful
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments by providing resources, education, assistance and promotion.

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization devoted to creating socially connected, environmentally healthy, and economically sound communities.

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 network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, we work with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities. Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit www.kab.org.

About Waste Management

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Our subsidiaries provide collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. We are the largest residential recycler and also a leading developer, operator and owner of waste-to-energy and landfill-gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. Our customers include residential, commercial, industrial and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more visit www.wm.com.