In January of 2016, the Walmart Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé Waters North America and the PepsiCo Foundation announced they would provide up to 6.5 million bottles of safe, clean, drinking water to Flint school students; the storage and delivery of said water bottles; and recycling bins for each school. In February of 2017, the four companies partnered again to fund an integrated recycling education and awareness initiative for all 10,000 students, led by national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful and its local Flint, Michigan affiliate, Keep Genesee County Beautiful.
The new initiative, which brings the four companies together again, will support a multi-tiered approach to increase the number of plastic bottles that are recycled within school grounds and create opportunities to provide students, teachers and staff with the knowledge and passion to increase recycling. The program consists of several elements:
- CLASSROOM SUPPLIES
- TAKE-HOME EDUCATIONAL PIECES FOR PARENTS
- RECYCLING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS
- IN SCHOOL CLASSROOM EDUCATION
- AFTER SCHOOL AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Incorporating their already successful recycling education programs from across the nation, Keep America Beautiful developed this educational program specifically for Flint Community Schools, to give students a sense of empowerment and community pride in light of Flint’s Water Crisis and the subsequent increase in plastic waste. Making students aware of the complete recycling process, the program educates and encourages students to recycle at school, at home and on-the-go.
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