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Coca-Cola Bottling of Alaska and the Odom Corporation invest in rural Alaska with can-crusher grant funding
ANCHORAGE, Nov. 18, 2021 – Efforts to make aluminum beverage cans from rural areas easier to recycle will get a much-needed boost from the local Coca-Cola bottler and the Odom Corporation.
The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Alaska and Odom joined forces to provide financial assistance to rural Alaska recycling efforts managed by Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR). The two-year partnership will provide $6,000 per year beginning in 2022. Funding will provide rural communities greater access to aluminum can-crushing equipment to facilitate the recycling of UBCs (used beverage containers) in Alaska’s farthest-flung regions.
“Recognizing our responsibility to solve global packaging waste issues, we are thrilled to work with ALPAR to launch a program that will vastly improve the ability for old cans to be recycled and reprocessed into new ones,” said Alpa Sutaria, General Manager, Sustainability for Coca-Cola North America. “It is an honor to support a program that helps to reclaim cans and keep them off our beaches and waterways and out of landfills where they don’t belong.”
The fund ($12,000 total) will be managed by ALPAR with no administrative fees taken. The money will underwrite can crushers, from small hand-operated units to mechanized versions in villages with larger populations.
“In any given year, nearly 80 rural nonprofits and tribal entities send in 12-14 tons of UBCs for recycling through the ALPAR Flying Cans program,” said Anita Nelson, ALPAR Executive Director. “Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable, making them a valuable commodity to recover from landfills.”
Having the right equipment will not only make the job of volunteers easier (groups are asked to crush cans prior to shipping) but provide efficient use of space when packaging the cans for recycling, Nelson said. “Having a partner of this magnitude will open the door for communities to receive matching grants to bale their cans. And baled UBCs command an even higher price per pound than loose, crushed cans.”
The majority of participants in the Flying Cans program use the money from selling UBCs to fund youth programs or support their local village environmental and recycling efforts.
Eligibility and requirements for the can-crusher grant can be found here.
About the Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is a total beverage company with products sold in more than 200 countries and territories. Our company’s purpose is to refresh the world and make a difference. We sell multiple billion-dollar brands across several beverage categories worldwide. Our portfolio of sparkling soft drink brands includes Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta. Our hydration, sports, coffee and tea brands include Dasani, smartwater, vitaminwater, Topo Chico, Powerade, Costa, Georgia, Gold Peak, Honest and Ayataka. Our nutrition, juice, dairy and plant-based beverage brands include Minute Maid, Simply, innocent, Del Valle, fairlife and AdeS. We’re constantly transforming our portfolio, from reducing sugar in our drinks to bringing innovative new products to market. We seek to positively impact people’s lives, communities and the planet through water replenishment, packaging recycling, sustainable sourcing practices and carbon emissions reductions across our value chain. Together with our bottling partners, we employ more than 700,000 people, helping bring economic opportunity to local communities worldwide. Learn more at www.coca-colacompany.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About the Odom Corporation
Operating in five states, The Odom Corporation's mission is to market and distribute premium beverages for the mutual reward and growth of our customers, suppliers and employees. The Odom Corporation is a family-owned business that distributes the best in brand-name beverages throughout Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Hawaii. Since 1934, Odom has built and maintained lasting relationships through the principles of commitment, integrity, quality products and superior service. We take pride in these traditions and are dedicated to maintaining them for generations to come.
Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling (ALPAR) is a privately funded, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating litter and increasing economically–viable recycling in Alaska.
Founded in 1982 by a group of dedicated Alaskan business leaders, ALPAR's programs help clean up litter in Alaska's communities, parks, beaches and waterways and assist community recycling centers with shipping assistance, outreach and recycling grant programs. ALPAR programs and services are made possible by the generous support of dedicated businesses and organizations throughout Alaska. Learn more about ALPAR at www.alparalaska.com