Fall Creek Falls State Park Strengthens Recycling Program

July 13, 2017  |  Permalink

NASHVILLE – Fall Creek Falls State Park has expanded its environmental sustainability efforts this summer thanks to a partnership with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and in collaboration with Keep America Beautiful, to provide 30 recycling bins throughout the park for visitor use.

“We strive to provide the public with high-quality recreational opportunities and unparalleled scenic beauty here at Fall Creek Falls, and giving our guests better opportunities to recycle furthers our park mission of protecting our resources for generations to come,” said Park Ranger Cara Alexander. “This grant is the just the latest move in a long history of Fall Creek Falls as a sustainable public resource.”

Fall Creek Falls list of environmental accomplishments is robust, including a 2016 award from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) for Excellence in Sustainability. The park has partnered with Van Buren County to increase recycling and reduce waste, which has resulted in significant savings in waste disposal expenses. The newly opened bar and lounge located in the park restaurant was constructed from 90 percent recycled, repurposed or reused materials.

“Some of our cabins are heated and cooled by a geothermal system, which takes advantage of naturally existing temperatures,” said Alexander. “Other amenities – including the golf course and the Betty Dunn Nature Center – are managed with sustainable techniques that protect water quality, conserve energy and make for a more enjoyable visitor experience.”

Sustainability measures at Fall Creek Falls are part of a broader initiative by TDEC called “Go Green With Us”. This statewide initiative aims to ensure responsible stewardship at Tennessee’s 56 state parks of natural and financial resources through the integration of common sense sustainability practices in park management and operations.

The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program provided funding for 900 new recycling bins in public parks across the country in 2017, making recycling more accessible for visitors enjoying the outdoors.  

Now in its fourth year, the public park recycling grant program has awarded more than 3,400 recycling bins to Keep America Beautiful affiliates, local governments and other community organizations across 38 states to expand the availability of recycling. This investment in recycling infrastructure has improved recycling accessibility and convenience in a variety of park settings, including neighborhood and larger regional parks, beaches, athletic fields and walking trails.  

“We are very pleased with the momentum that continues to build through our ongoing work with Keep America Beautiful,” said Vicki Draughn, vice president of corporate affairs for Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. “As communities continue to improve their infrastructure to support recycling at home and at work, this program helps address a persistent challenge, which is improving recycling opportunities for people on-the-go.”

The lack of away-from-home recycling opportunities is reflected in a recent national survey Keep America Beautiful conducted addressing which locations people normally recycle. While more than 90 percent of people indicated it was not a challenge to recycle at home, over 55 percent found it difficult to recycle in public places such as parks. Additional research conducted by Keep America Beautiful indicated only 12 percent of surveyed public locations had recycling infrastructure in place to recover the containers. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program is designed to address the dual obstacles of overcoming lack of recycling convenience.

“Too many public parks and other public spaces lack recycling bins that are within reach,” said Brenda Pulley, senior vice president/recycling, Keep America Beautiful. “Our partnership with Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has placed bins in hundreds of parks across the U.S., in the process, giving hundreds of thousands of people convenient access to new recycling opportunities.”

In addition to improving recycling opportunities, the grant program will make additional funds available to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates or other grant recipients who commit to conducting a Litter Index in conjunction with the grant to help study the effects of the recycling bins on reducing litter in the immediate areas of the bins.

To view a full list of community organizations receiving grants, click here.


About Fall Creek Falls State Park

Fall Creek Falls State Park is Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park. The park encompasses more than 26,000 acres sprawled across the eastern top of the rugged Cumberland Plateau. Laced with cascades, gorges, waterfalls, streams and lush stands of virgin hardwood timber, the park beckons those who enjoy nature at her finest. Fall Creek Falls, at 256 feet, is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. Other waterfalls within the park include Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades. The park is located in Bledsoe and Van Buren counties, 11 miles east of Spencer and 18 miles west of Pikeville. It may be entered from Highway 111 or Highway 30. For more information, click here.


About Keep America Beautiful
At Keep America Beautiful, we want to ensure that beauty is our lasting signature. A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling, and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.


About Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have six of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott's, Mr. & Mrs. T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose's, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit DrPepperSnapple.com. For our latest news and updates, follow us at Facebook.com/DrPepperSnapple or Twitter.com/DrPepperSnapple. For more information on DPS's philanthropic efforts and sustainability goals, visit http://www.dpsgsustainability.com.  



Pictured: Seasonal Interpretive Recreator Lane Erwin using a new recycling bin

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