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NMSU wins grant from Coca-Cola to place recycling bins at concessions locations

New Mexico State University has received 24 recycling bins designed specifically for placement at Aggie Memorial Stadium, the Pan American Center, baseball, softball and soccer fields. The recycling bins are thanks to a grant made possible by Keep America Beautiful and the Coca-Cola Foundation.

"The grant to place the recycling bins will help further sustainability efforts on the NMSU campus and contribute to the NMSU campus recycling program," said Jessica Casillas, concessions manager for Sodexo Campus Dining at NMSU.

"Through our support of the Bin Grant program and our long-standing partnership with Keep America Beautiful, we are helping to bring sustainability to life in local communities across the country," said Lori George Billingsley, vice president, community relations, Coca-Cola North America Group. "By increasing access to recycling today, we build sustainable communities for the future."

"One of the main barriers to recycling is convenience. Providing a recycling bin helps communities overcome that barrier," said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. "We are truly grateful for Coca-Cola's support and commitment to recycling, and for its support and commitment of the Bin Grant Program."

New Mexico State University is one of 156 local governments, schools, colleges and other community groups nationwide to receive a grant. Keep America Beautiful chose recipients based on a number of criteria including level of need, recycling experience and the ability of applicants to sustain their program in the future. Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola partnered with the College and University Recycling Coalition (CURC) to offer grants to CURC member campuses. The Bin Grant program awards recycling bins directly to recipients and leverages volume buying discounts. In its seven years of operation, the Bin Grant program has placed more than 29,000 recycling bins in more than 500 communities in 48 states and the District of Columbia. A full list of the spring 2013 Bin Grant recipients and further information about the grant program is available at http://bingrant.org/.