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KIB joins Paper Retriever in collecting 5 tons of paper in 5 hours to celebrate America Recycles Day


  • If goal is reached KIB will receive $10,000
  • Saturday, November 13
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kroger at 5810 E. 71st Street (notheast corner of 71st and Binford)
  • Click here to find out what will be accepted to recycle

In honor of America Recycles Day, Paper Retriever, a community paper-recycling program, today announced a 5-hour paper drive in Indianapolis aimed at encouraging community members to be good stewards of the environment while also supporting their community by recycling through Paper Retriever bins.

The paper drive will take place Saturday, November 13 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Kroger store at 5810 E. 71st Street (Northeast corner of 71st and Binford Boulevard) to celebrate America Recycles Day. The event’s ambitious goal will be to recycle five tons of paper in five hours. KIB will receive $1,000 per ton up to five tons, and Kroger will match this donation raising the stakes for KIB to receive $10,000 if they can meet their five-ton goal. The funds that are earned through the Paper Retriever partnership with Kroger will directly benefit Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.(KIB) and their efforts with Binford Redevelopment and Growth (BRAG). This recycling “blitz” is an extension of Paper Retriever, Kroger and BRAG’s already strong supporters of KIB.

“Paper Retriever’s goal is to educate individuals about recycling and to show how simple and easy it is to benefit the environment and their local communities,” said Melinda Antell, Paper Retriever Regional Manager for Indianapolis. “America Recycles Day is the perfect time to do just that. The people of Indianapolis will be able to see how their paper recycling directly beautifies the city.”

In total, nearly 6.7 million pounds of paper have been recycled through Paper Retriever’s green-and-yellow bins at Indianapolis Kroger locations in two years, and more than $45,000 has been donated to KIB.

“Kroger has many long-term sustainability programs intended to improve the environment we all share. The Paper Retriever program is a highly effective example. We appreciate the opportunity Abitibi has created for Kroger associates and customers to give back to the local community and protect our environment,” said John Elliott, Manager of Public Affairs for Kroger. “To show our commitment to impacting the local community, Kroger will match Abitibi’s donation of up to $5,000 to KIB when this America Recycles Day Paper Drive Challenge is successful.”

The impact of recycling though Paper Retriever expands beyond the green-and-yellow recycling bins. For instance, through the Kroger locations in Indianapolis alone: more than 10,128 cubic yards of landfill space have saved, more than 13 million kilowatts of electricity have been conserved, and nearly 1.3 million gallons of oil have been preserved.

“The transformation that has been made along Binford Boulevard is a result of the funds raised from many generous donors like Paper Retriever and Kroger,” said David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. “The partnership with BRAG to beautify the area by planting trees and native plants is something that will impact the community for years to come.”

Community members who would like to donate to Paper Retriever partners can to locate the most convenient bin, and to learn more about what types of paper can be recycled through Paper Retriever.

About Paper Retriever
Paper Retriever is a simple paper-recycling program that directly benefits the community as well as the environment. Schools, churches, and other nonprofit organizations house green-and-yellow Paper Retriever bins for members of the community to fill with recyclable paper goods. The nonprofit organizations are then paid for the amount of paper they collect. There are over 18,000 Paper Retriever locations and over 26,000 Paper Retriever bins hosted in 23 major metropolitan areas across the United States. In 2009, materials recycled through Paper Retriever generated more than $3.8 million for over 15,000 nonprofit organizations. Paper Retriever is a subsidiary program of AbitibiBowater. For more information, visit or head

About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization uniting people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. In 2009, KIB engaged nearly 45,000 volunteers on 500 community improvement projects. To learn more, please visit

About Kroger Central Division
The Kroger Central Division has 150 food stores, 124 pharmacies and 60 fuel centers operating under five banners; Kroger, Scott’s, Owen’s, Hilander and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinois, in addition to five stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $11.7 million in 2009 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.