Portland State brings recycling bins inside residential halls
Author: Anthony Hair, Campus Sustainability Office
Posted: August 28, 2014

Portland State University received 1,000 recycling bins designed specifically for placement in its residential halls as part of a national recycling bin grant program made possible by Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and The Coca-Cola Foundation. 

In its ninth year, the Coca-Cola/KAB Recycling Bin Grant Program is providing nearly 4,500 recycling bins to colleges and universities, nonprofits, and local governments, with more than 65 percent of the total designed specifically for permanent, ongoing use in heavily trafficked public spaces and events.

“Portland State University is extremely grateful to receive this grant for recycling bins from Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola,” said Anthony Hair, PSU’s waste management coordinator. “The bins will be placed in the residential halls and provide our students who live on campus an easier way to get recycling from their rooms to external recycling containers for collection.”

The 1,000 recycling bins donated to PSU are 6-gallon multi-recyclers. These stackable bins have handles on them for easy transport. Additionally, the containers have a small footprint, which makes them a great fit for residence halls. The multi-recyclers will be used to collect commingled recycling. 

“Through this program and our more than 50-year partnership 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 build sustainable communities for the future.”

“By providing recycling bins to communities, organizations and universities, we can make a difference in increasing recycling in the U.S. and help overcome a main barrier of recycling – convenience,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president, recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola’s continued support and commitment to recycling, and the Recycling Bin Grant Program.”

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