MEDIA RELEASE: 29 January, 2015

Keep New Zealand Beautiful
is today calling for applications for its nationwide Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants Programme.   

The programme supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation, now in its third year, will see a major injection of additional funds to help local communities put in place initiatives to increase beverage container recycling.The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $163,000 (USD) in grant funding for 2015 projects, which will be made available to community groups, councils and schools across New Zealand for local programmes.

Funding applications are now open for projects ranging from $3,000 to $15,000 which will encourage and facilitate ‘out & about’ recycling programmes at a community level, provide education, encourage people to get involved through innovative recycling methods and build on a community’s already existing capability to live more sustainably.

Heather Saunderson, General Manager of Keep New Zealand Beautiful, says this is a fantastic opportunity for local communities to showcase their initiatives and provide real benefits back to their residents.

“Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a proud partner of the Coca-Cola Foundation, and we aim to make 2015 programme the best to date.”

Dave Sharp, Partnerships & National Safety Manager for Conservation Volunteers, a 2014 recipient, says “The recycling circle programme in 2014 was a big hit with participating schools and students - reinforcing both the need for and  the benefits of recycling plastic bottles. A big 'thank-you' to the Coca Cola Foundation and KNZB for their support in making this programme possible!”

Delina Shields, Group Marketing Manager for Coca-Cola Oceania says the partnership is part of an on-going commitment to invest in innovation that supports sustainable packaging and recycling.

“The goal of this investment is to fund recycling programmes that are fun and simple but importantly make a tangible difference within the local community. This is aligned with global efforts to increase the recycling and recovery of PET bottles.”

“Coca-Cola New Zealand has worked with Keep New Zealand Beautiful for over two decades and we share a concern for our local environment and support them to continue their great work in litter reduction and beautification programmes around the country,” she says.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 27th of February 2015 and successful applicants will be notified in March 2015.  All programme details can be downloaded from:

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* Coca-Cola New Zealand refers to The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) which is represented in New Zealand by Coca-Cola Oceania and its bottling partner Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd (CCANZ). 


For media enquiries and project details please contact:

Heather Saunderson, Keep New Zealand Beautiful: 09 264 1434 or

Editor’s Notes:

About Keep New Zealand Beautiful

Keep New Zealand Beautiful is a non-profit organisation and operates as an Incorporated Society to promote litter abatement, waste minimisation and the beautification of our towns and cities.

KNZB was established under the New Zealand Litter Act 1979 and has been operating ever since to provide programmes at both a national and local level.

Governed by a Board of Zone and Industry Representatives, our strength is in our nationwide local, volunteer network that engages with their local communities to enable the implementation of programmes like KNZB Week, Adopt-A-Spot, Wall Worthy, Beautiful Towns and Cities Awards.

KNZB also acts as the conduit for the implementation and promotion of programmes developed by and in partnership with Local/Regional Council, as well as other non-profit organisations.


About The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Coca-Cola Company is a local business on a global scale. As our business has expanded over the years, so our community support has grown to create and support projects most relevant to local communities around the globe. We are committed to investing our time, expertise and resources to help develop and maintain vibrant, sustainable and local communities.

Established in 1984 (and wholly funded by The Coca-Cola Company), The Coca-Cola Foundation helps keep that commitment every day by partnering with organizations around the globe to support initiatives and programs that respond in a meaningful way to community needs and priorities.


With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate.  Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates. 

More information on The Coca-Cola Foundation can be found at For more information on the Coca-Cola Company visit