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Waste Management Awards OKC Beautiful with Think GreenĀ® Grant

Eight communities nationwide receive grants of $10,000 to support local projects.

Oklahoma City, OK, September 10, 2014 --( Keep America Beautiful (KAB) and Waste Management announced that OKC Beautiful will receive a 2014 Think Green® Grant. OKC Beautiful’s Think Green® Grant is one of eight $10,000 grants awarded to KAB community-based affiliates across the country.

The Waste Management Think Green® Grants are part of the environmental services company’s commitment to encourage the development and sustainability of environmental solutions that improve community environments. These merit-based grants support projects such as OKC Beautiful’s Waste Reduction Challenge, raising awareness about recycling to residents, schools and the business community, with a goal of starting recycling programs in five public schools and three large businesses and increasing the community diversion rate by 2 percent.

“In Oklahoma City, 31 percent of residents recycle, with a diversion rate of only 5 percent, well below the national average of 35 percent,” said OKC Beautiful Executive Director Lisa Synar. “We are looking forward to working with Waste Management and the City of Oklahoma City to provide education about the importance and ease of recycling.”

“Supporting communities by helping make them cleaner thereby improving quality of life for residents is what our company, and Keep America Beautiful, is all about,” said Rick Padgett, manager of public sector solutions, Waste Management of Oklahoma, Inc. “The Think Green Grants provide us with a great avenue to demonstrate how Waste Management and OKC Beautiful think green every day.”

Waste Management has supported KAB programs for several years and is active in KAB’s flagship programs such as the Great American Cleanup and America Recycles Day. Waste Management also supports 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.

About OKC Beautiful
OKC Beautiful is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the image and appearance of Oklahoma City. OKC Beautiful provides programs that create clean and beautiful public spaces, reduce waste by increasing recycling and foster the next generation of environmental leaders. For more information, follow OKC Beautiful at, on Facebook at or visit our website at

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 powerful national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.

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 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
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Brittany Earnest
405 525 8822

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