recycling1Recycling comes naturally to America’s beverage companies. We are making our plastic bottles 100% recyclable, including the caps. We’re carefully designing them this way for a simple reason: so our bottles can be used again and again. But there is always more to be done.

That’s why we’re supporting consumers and communities across the country in their efforts to improve recycling. Making it easier to recycle our plastic bottles means they’re more likely to be reused and less likely to end up in oceans, rivers, beaches and landfills.

More Efficient Recycling Means Less New Plastic

We are building our plastic bottles to be 100% recyclable, and that’s a critical first step. But it only helps the environment if we get them back. So we’re working hard to support strong recovery and recycling systems across the country.

recycling2Our industry partners with The Closed Loop Fund, Keep America Beautiful and The Recycling Partnership to donate recycling bins, improve recycling systems and invest in strengthening the recycling infrastructure. And we’ve invested time and money to make it easier to recycle in public spaces like parks, airports, sports venues and festivals because recycling shouldn’t stop when you leave home.

Saving Energy

Recycling ten plastic bottles saves enough energy to run a laptop for 25 hours. Learn more about how our industry is working to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click here to learn more.

Recycling in Florida

The Florida Beverage Association is proud to support environmental sustainability in Florida. FBA is currently a board member of both Keep Florida Beautiful and the Florida Recycling Partnership.

FBA President Liz Castro DeWitt serves as the Chair of Keep Florida Beautiful, one of Florida’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organizations, bringing together more than 40 county and city affiliates to inspire, educate and empower people in Florida to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environments.

DeWitt also serves as the Chair-Elect of the Florida Recycling Partnership, which is dedicated to improving Florida’s recycling rates. The Partnership’s mission is to educate policymakers and the general public on the benefits of recycling through the development of sustainable business practices promoting recycling, reducing waste and increasing the reuse of materials.

Our Progress

recycling We are producing 100% recyclable aluminum, plastic and glass beverage containers. Even our plastic caps can be recycled. recycling The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper and PepsiCo have each given $5 million to The Closed Loop Fund to help improve recycling in the US.

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recycling kidsWorking Together to Conserve Resources

Florida's beverage companies are working together to find new and better ways to conserve our natural resources. It requires innovation and investment, but it’s the right thing to do for our planet and for our consumers.

Our Commitment To Get Every Bottle Back

America’s beverage companies are working together on a new initiative to get Every Bottle Back. See How

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100% RECYCLABLE BOTTLES

Our bottles can easily be remade into new plastic bottles and lots of other everyday products. See how

INVEST IN RECYCLING

We're improving recovery and recycling programs across the country. See how

CONSERVING WATER

America's beverage companies have decreased water use 14 percent over five years. See how

SAVING ENERGY

We're making operations more efficient and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. See how

We Are Making 100 Percent Recyclable Bottles and We Want Them Back

Watch below to learn how our carefully designed plastic bottles are being reused in many ways to help limit the use of new plastic.

Every Bottle Back from American Beverage Association on Vimeo.

recycling graphicWe are designing our plastic bottles to be fully recyclable because if we get them back to make new bottles we are helping keep them out of the environment.

Our Plastic Bottles Are Made To Be Remade — And We Want Them Back 

Everyone knows that plastic beverage bottles are convenient and shatterproof. But we also know that we need to reduce the use of new plastic to preserve our environment. So America’s beverage companies are working together to balance consumer convenience with environmental responsibility.

We are carefully designing our plastic bottles to be 100 percent recyclable – even the caps. We strive to make our bottles fully recyclable because our goal is for every bottle to become a new bottle, so we’re using less new plastic.

And many other companies want to reuse the plastic from our bottles in the products they make like shirts, coats, park benches and playground equipment. That means our plastic bottles are being reused in many ways to help limit the use of new plastic.

Why PETWatch the Video Below to Learn How We're Getting Every Bottle Back

Why PET? WE make our bottles from PET because it's strong, it's light, and most importantly, because it's easy to recycle and make into new products, including new bottles.

All Plastic Isn't the Same

What makes our bottles unique is what they’re made from. It’s a light and strong plastic material called PET that’s in high demand because it’s 100 percent recyclable and can easily be remade into new plastic bottles and many other everyday products.

When we get our plastic bottles they can be used by our beverage companies to make new bottles or by other consumer goods companies to make products like coats, shoes, furniture, park benches and even playground equipment.

Our bottles are unique because they were designed to be used and remade into something new, and not end up in oceans, rivers, beaches and landfills.

Our Progress

bottle icon America's beverage companies have saved HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of pounds of raw materials through lightweighting and packaging reduction. bottle icon Keurig Dr Pepper will have 100 percent recyclable or compostable packaging and use 30 percent post-consumer recycled content across its portfolio by 2025.
bottle icon PepsiCo will make 100 percent of its packaging recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025. bottle icon The PlantBottle™ designed by The Coca-Cola Company has prevented 150,000 tons of CO2 emissions in North America alone.

Every Bottle Back from American Beverage Association on Vimeo.

Energy GraphicClimate change affects us all. That’s why America’s beverage companies have worked to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. From our factories to our fleets to our vending machines, we’ve made significant changes. And we’re committed to doing even more.

On a Mission to Reduce Emissions

The Coca-Cola Company, Keurig Dr Pepper and Pepsi have each set goals to lower emissions and keep improving efficiency. Our companies have pledged to work with government leaders, environmental organizations and other businesses to ensure these emission reductions will provide environmental benefits throughout the United States.

Water UsageWe’ve also rapidly expanded our use of hybrid vehicles. Our fleets now boast the largest number of heavy-duty hybrid-electric commercial trucks on the road. That’s helped us reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent per vehicle.

Cutting Back on Water Use

We’re not just getting more efficient at delivering our products, but at making them, too. Learn how we’ve reduced water use by 14 percent per unit over five years. READ MORE

 

OUR PROGRESS

energy icon 100 percent of new, company-controlled beverage coolers will be HFC-free. energy icon Each of the industry’s all-electric vehicles saves 10 TONS of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
energy icon In 2016, The Coca-Cola Company operated 81 renewable energy projects in 25 countries and is working to launch 50 more projects. energy icon Since 2009, Keurig Dr Pepper removed 250 million pounds of CO2 from the atmosphere by replacing older vending machines with energy-efficient ones.
energy icon PepsiCo has eliminated the need for 1 million gallons of diesel fuel since launching its electric vehicle initiative in 2010.

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2015 ABA Fly-In, Washington, DC

 

Coca-Cola and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Host Boys & Girls Club
of Tampa Bay for Triple Play Program Experience

One hundred local youth get active and meet current and former Buccaneers.

 

2015 FBA Day at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla.

 

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The Florida Beverage Association is now taking applications for its 2020 Community Grant Program

BACKGROUND

The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) is pleased to announce the commencement of the fifth year of its Florida Beverage Association Grant Program. The grant program provides support to organizations and programs that promote environmental sustainability, as well as health initiatives.

Grant applications should be submitted online by Friday, January 31, 2020. To be considered for a grant, all nominees must meet the requirements listed in the “Grant Program Criteria.” Grant applications will be reviewed and grant recipients will be selected by the FBA’s Board of Directors. General questions may be directed to Liz DeWitt, FBA President, 407.385.2708, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NOTE: We strongly urge you to compose all your responses in a saved Word document prior to filling out the online application so that you can easily cut and paste your responses (download a Word doc template of the application HERE). If you leave the application to get additional information prior to submission, the data you already entered may be lost. We've provided a PDF version of the form so you can see all the questions for planning purposes before you attempt to fill out the online form. However, please note that we will only consider applications submitted through the online form. Download the PDF document HERE.

To qualify, all form fields must be completed and all information requested must be provided.

GRANT PROGRAM GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA

The Florida Beverage Association thanks you for considering applying to the FBA Community Grant Program. The Grant Program is designed to further the FBA’s goal of supporting comprehensive, balanced nutrition and environmental programs to create healthy citizens and communities.

Grant requests not supported:

  • Individuals
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, sex, gender identity and/or expression, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability
  • A state or local governmental entity that will NOT use the grant funds for a charitable cause
  • Political, legislative or lobbying organizations
  • Movie, film or television documentaries
  • Website development
  • Concerts or other entertainment events
  • Beauty contests, fashion shows or hair shows
  • Fraternal organizations and related events
  • One-time fundraising events (i.e., tables at fundraisers, athletic races, etc.)
  • Local sports or athletic teams
  • Travel or organized field trips
  • Family reunions
  • U.S. based local schools, including charter schools, pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools or high schools
  • U.S. based organizations that do not have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code, or the equivalent
  • Organizations formed outside the U. S. that do not have a charitable equivalency status under the laws and provisions of their respective government

SPECIFIC GRANT POLICIES AND GUIDELINES

Guidelines

The Florida Beverage Association (FBA) uses the following guidelines for the FBA Grant Program:

  • FBA seeks grant applications from community organizations for programs and initiatives that work to advance the physical health of its local citizens and/or the environmental sustainability of its communities.
    1. The FBA's Board and staff will evaluate and select organizations to be funded.
    2. There is no guarantee that a nominated candidate will receive an award.
  • Most grants will be for $25,000 or less. However, special programs and unique circumstances may justify a larger grant.
  • If a nominated organization is selected by the FBA to receive a grant, the organization will be required to file a follow-up report and a final report. The organization may work with FBA to prepare these reports.

Reports

  • Grant recipients must provide a detailed report on the use of funds and the progress toward the program’s goals. This report must be received within 6-9 months from the date the funding is received.
  • The FBA will require a final report when the program has ended so it can perform a final assessment of the positive impact its funding had on these communities. This report must be provided 12-15 months from the date funding is received.

How to Apply

  • Review the Grant Criteria to see if your organization is a good candidate for the FBA Grant Program.
  • Complete the application and click "submit" to send your application to FBA for review.

Selection Process

Once applications are submitted, the FBA Grant Subcommittee will review the proposed grants to determine whether they fulfill the program’s criteria. The Subcommittee will offer recommendations of eligible candidates to the FBA’s Board of Directors. The FBA Board will select award recipients after considering the appropriateness of the candidates and the significance of the charitable projects for which funding is sought. The FBA Board will confirm candidate eligibility and review each application carefully.

Once all applications are reviewed, grant recipients, as well as all applicants, will be notified by the FBA as to the status of their proposal. Grant recipients will enter into a Grant Agreement with FBA.

Matching Grants

Some grant applications might be eligible for a matching grant from the American Beverage Foundation for a Healthy America (ABFHA). If FBA decides to submit your grant request to ABFHA for a matching grant, we will inform you of our decision. Decisions whether to award ABFHA matching grants are made at the sole discretion of the ABFHA Board.

GRANT CRITERIA

Grant applications will be evaluated and grants will be awarded based on an overall assessment of the application, including how well the organization meets the following criteria:

  • Grant recipient will use grant funds for a health and wellness or environmentally-based initiative.
  • Grant recipient will use grant funds for a program or initiative that reaches a significant number of individuals or significantly impacts a community with a documented problem or need.
  • Grant recipient will create a communication plan (i.e., social media, newspaper, press release, website, etc) to promote the benefits of the program within the local community.
  • Grant recipient is a 501(c)(3) charity organization or a state or local governmental entity that will use the grant funds for a charitable purpose.

 

>> GO TO THE FLORIDA BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION COMMUNITY GRANT APPLICATION

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2017 Fly-In

 

Florida Recycles Day at the Capitol 2017

 

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2016 Fly-In

 

Coke UNITED

 

Trash 2 Trends

Florida Beverage Association sponsored this year’s Trash 2 Trends event with Keep Orlando Beautiful. We’re excited to see all of the ways we can upcycle waste into fashion!

 

Keep Florida Beautiful

The Florida Beverage Association is proud to support “Keep Florida Beautiful” Day at the Capitol.

 

Liz CastroElizabeth DeWitt is the president of the Florida Beverage Association where she oversees public policy initiatives and works with local and state governments on issues impacting the Beverage Industry.

She previously worked as the manager of State Government Affairs for the world’s third largest petrochemical company, LyondellBasell, overseeing all legislative and regulatory strategy for the company’s portfolio in the United States. She ensured that business objectives were met through both direct advocacy and liaising with trade associations. In addition, she managed the Political Action Committee (PAC) and all grassroots activities for LyondellBasell.

Elizabeth worked for BP beginning in 2007 as the director of the BP Civic Action Program, where she successfully launched a nationally recognized grassroots program. In 2008, she became the director of BP Civic Affairs, overseeing both grassroots and PAC efforts. In 2010, she served as the public information officer and operational liaison in the Joint Incident Command for MC252 (BP oil spill). In this role, she managed relationships and communications with key stakeholders at the local, county and state levels.

Elizabeth previously served as state aide to US Senator Sam Brownback, finance director for his Senatorial re-election campaign, as well as having served as Florida director of finance in his presidential campaign and as a political consultant for clients throughout the state. In addition, she has served as the campaign manager for a successful Kansas State House race and as the government affairs manager for Sprint Corporation.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Northwest Missouri State University, as well as a Master’s of Business Administration.


Members of the Florida Beverage Association

The Florida Beverage Association is the state trade association of non-alcoholic beverage producers, marketers, bottlers, and distributors. Our companies make and sell some of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages, including regular and diet soft drinks, bottled water and water beverages, 100-percent juice and juice drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks and ready-to-drink teas.

Florida Beverage Association Board Members:

Associate Members:

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MYTH: Bottled water is not as safe as tap water.
FACT: Bottled water and tap water are highly regulated. Bottled water is strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which imposes standards for bottled water that are as stringent and protective of public health as those set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for public drinking water systems. In addition to federal regulations, many states also impose their own regulations on the production of bottled water. All bottled water sold in the U.S. must comply with rigorous federal requirements for safety, quality and labeling.

MYTH: Bottled water is in competition with municipal water systems.
FACT: Tap water serves a variety of purposes in the typical U.S. household, including personal hygiene, clothes and dishwashing, cooking, cleaning, irrigation and drinking. Bottled water is simply another option for consumers depending on their own needs and preference.

Water is the primary ingredient in many of the beverage industry’s products and, therefore, a strong municipal water system is very important to us. Just like homeowners, we are customers of the municipal water supply, and we support its strength and viability. We wouldn’t be able to make our many different beverage products without a strong, viable local water supply.

MYTH: Most plastic water bottles end up in the waste stream.
FACT: The beverage industry’s containers are among the most recycled consumer product packaging in the nation, and are accepted in virtually all curbside and drop-off recycling programs. In fact. bottled water containers account for less than one-third of 1 percent of all waste produced in the United States. Furthermore, water, like many other food and beverage products, is packaged in polyethyl terephthalate (PET) plastic, which is one of the most recycled plastic resins worldwide.

The beverage industry agrees, however, that more needs to be done to educate consumers about the importance of recycling. For more information on our commitment to recycling, visit our recycling minisite.

MYTH: The beverage industry uses an inordinate amount of water to make its products.
FACT: While water is a key ingredient in all of our products, the beverage industry actually uses a minimal amount of water compared to other industries. In fact, we account for only 3/100th of 1 percent of all public water usage, or about 1 gallon out of every 3,300 gallons withdrawn from ground or surface water sources.

MYTH: Bottled water costs thousands of times more than tap water.
FACT: Water is not free – ever public, government-supported water supplies come at a price to consumers who use these resources. Furthermore, bottled water companies do not simply “bottle” tap or spring water. Rather, they incur significant production and operational costs to bring bottled water to market in a safe, government-approved manner. For example, purified water is created through highly sophisticated purification systems, such as distillation, deionization and reverse osmosis, all of which are designed to remove impurities and enhance the taste and flavor profile. Likewise, a significant investment is made in developing, maintaining and testing spring water sources to ensure the integrity of bottled water.

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