New York City’s Bryant Park announces that Alcoa Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to help fund the famed Midtown green’s highly pro-active recycling program. The contribution will ensure that Bryant Park’s recycling of aluminum and glass containers, newspapers, cardboard, and plastic continues unabated. In 2014, the goal is to recycle 10,950 pounds of aluminum (cans) and 50,000 pounds of other materials (glass, paper).
Although Bryant Park encompasses 9.6 acres, it receives nearly six-million visitors annually, who discard an estimated 30 tons of recyclable trash. Park visitors discard recyclables into different colored receptacles, depending on their composition. The park’s sanitation staff provides an extra measure of continuity by making sure recycled items are correctly sorted before being carted away.
Bryant Park has a total of 20 award-winning blue and green “tulip” recycling receptacles.
“This grant from Alcoa Foundation will help Bryant Park continue one of its most important programs,” said Daniel A. Biederman, executive director of Bryant Park Corporation. “The park’s ever-increasing popularity means more refuse, and we’re committed to doing our part to ease the burden on the environment.”
“We always look for compelling ways to help individuals, public spaces and cities increase recycling rates,” said Ashley Chan, Director, Government Affairs & Business Development, Alcoa.
“Especially in a high traffic area such as Bryant Park, we are excited to support a program that showcases what recycling can do to create cleaner and greener environment.”