Recycle for Nature

By recycling your bottles and cans, you help support PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy's efforts to protect nature and clean drinking water for millions of people who depend on America's iconic waterways.

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PERCENT

PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy are working together to protect water, impacting the places where 11 percent of the US population get their drinking water-that’s 1 in 9 Americans!

240

Million

Recycle for Nature projects can save an estimated 240 million gallons of water each year-totaling 1.2 billion gallons by 2018. That's the equivalent to more than 62 million showers.

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Million

Recycle for Nature may benefit more than 36 million people-more than the combined populations of the 10 largest U.S. cities.

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Committed to Protecting Nature

Our research shows that people care about the environment and want to protect nature.

Over the last two years, more than 150 volunteers helped clean up the Blue River in southern Oklahoma through volunteer work days sponsored by PepsiCo Recycling's Recycle for Nature program at The Nature Conservancy's Oka' Yanhli Preserve.

Watch as the Langille-Hoppe family shares their experience of connecting with nature in their community.

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Committed to Protecting Nature

Recycle for Nature in Action

Nearly 40 percent of the U.S. is currently facing droughts. Forty percent of rivers and lakes are unsafe for drinking, swimming and fishing. When you recycle your bottles and cans, PepsiCo Recycling will help improve and protect America's watersheds. Find out how.

COLORADO RIVER

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COLORADO RIVER

WHERE

Southwestern U.S.

ABOUT
  • Supplies drinking water to major cities including Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

  • Irrigates more than 4 million acres of land (that's the size of Connecticut!) and serves as the lifeblood of the American Southwest.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

Use it or lose it? Maybe not. We are working to create a water sharing program between farmers, communities and the environment for the Upper Colorado River Basin as a way to minimize the risks associated with ongoing drought. The program will increase water security in the region while benefiting rivers.

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MILLION

Approximately 31 million gallons of water have been saved since 2014.

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Million

36 million people rely on the Colorado Riverfor their drinking water.

AMERICAN RIVER

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AMERICAN RIVER HEADWATERS

WHERE

California

ABOUT
  • An important water source for Southern California and the primary drinking water source for Sacramento.

  • Known for its verdant canyons, forested trails, fishing and white-water rafting.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

By contributing to the American River Headwaters (ARH) project, Recycle for Nature is working to reduce the risk ofwildfire and promote healthy watershed conditions in order to help protect drinking water for the people of Sacramento, Los Angeles, Anaheim and San Jose.

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THOUSAND

The ARH Project has the potential to reduce fire risk of approximately 10,115 acres of forest.

VERDE RIVER

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VERDE RIVER

WHERE

Arizona

ABOUT
  • Supplies drinking water to more than 2 million people in Phoenix.

  • One of the 10 most endangered rivers in the U.S.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

We are working with farmers to use less water to grow their crops by switching to high-efficiency drip irrigation. Instead of flooding the fields with a lot of water (some of which evaporates before it can be absorbed by the crop), a smaller amount of water is delivered directly to the crop roots. The crops get the water they need to thrive, yet use less overall. Every acre converted will save approximately 1 million gallons of water.

90

Acres

90 acres have been enrolled in a fallowing project to save water during critical summer months.

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Million

63 million gallons of water have been saved since 2014.

FRONT RANGE FOREST

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FRONT RANGE FOREST

WHERE

Colorado, just outside Denver.

ABOUT
  • Offers locals and visitors 1.5 million acres of forest for hiking, skiing and other outdoor activities they love.

  • Important to the Denver community for its role in providing the city's drinking water.

  • Has sustained several megafires that have had devastating effects on local drinking water supply, including the Hayman Fire of 2002, which burned nearly 138 thousand acres and negatively impacted Cheesman Reservoir, an important water resource for the city of Denver.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

Forest fires damage more than trees and foliage. The high heat generated by a megafire chars the earth and strips our forests of their ability to store and filter the water we drink and use to irrigate our crops. The work Recycle for Nature is doing in the forest is enhancing water security for 3.7 million people, a majority coming from the City of Denver.

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Events

Water security has been enhanced for 3.7 million people.

165

Acres

165 acres of forest have been protected since 2014.

BLUE RIVER

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BLUE RIVER

WHERE

Oklahoma

ABOUT
  • One of only two free-flowing rivers remaining in the state.

  • Oklahoma is ranked as one of the top states running out of water the fastest.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

Recycle for Nature is helping protect the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer, which has an astonishing array of plants and wildlife and approximately 150 thousand people depend on for clean drinking water and recreation. Recycle for Nature is bringing recycling to watershed conservation events—like the Blue River Clean Up—and educating the local community on recycling and protecting their drinking water.

150

THOUSAND

150 thousand people depend on the Blue River for drinking water.

500

ACRES

Approximately 500 acres of land have been protected and approximately one mile of riparian buffer has been restored.

KINGS RIVER

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KINGS RIVER

WHERE

Arkansas

ABOUT
  • Contributes to the drinking water of dozens of communities in Arkansas and Missouri as it flows across the Ozark Plateau into Table Rock Lake, a major public water supply and recreational area.

  • Thousands of people visit the Kings River each year to enjoy their favorite outdoor activities.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

Recycle for Nature provided funding to complete the purchase and protection of a 90-mile corridor of the gorgeous Kings River to ensure continued recreationaluse and to help keep the water clean.

90

MILES

Recycle for Nature helped conserve a 90-mile river corridor.

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SPECIES

There are 18 species of fish, crayfish, mussels, turtles and aquatic insects that are found only in the Ozarks.

GREEN SWAMP PRESERVE

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GREEN SWAMP PRESERVE
WHERE

North Carolina

ABOUT
  • Home to 14 species of carnivorous plants.

  • One of the last places on Earth where the Venus Fly Trap thrives.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

Together, PepsiCo and The Nature Conservancy improved and restored the land conditions so that these carnivorous plants can live and thrive for years to come.

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SPECIES

Green Swamp Preserve is home to 14 species of carnivorous plants, including the Venus Fly Trap.

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DAYS

It can take up to 12 days for the Venus Fly Trap to digest its meal.

CAPE FEAR

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CAPE FEAR
WHERE

North Carolina

ABOUT
  • It is the only river in North Carolina that flows directly into the ocean.

  • Cape Fear is a beloved filming location and has been featured in hundreds of cinematic works—from independent films to Hollywood blockbusters.

RECYCLE FOR NATURE IN ACTION

Recycle for Nature helped safeguard water quality on the Lower Cape Fear River by purchasing and preserving more than 60 acres of land, including riverfront property on Turnball Creek and an old-growth cypress forest on the Black River.

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MILLION

The Cape Fear watershed provides clean drinking water to nearly 1.8 million people.

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PERCENT

27 percent of North Carolina's population lives in the Cape Fear basin and relies on it as a source of clean drinking water.

As part of PepsiCo’s commitment to contribute up to $5 million over 5 years, between now and December 31, 2018, The Nature Conservancy benefits from the PepsiCo Recycle for Nature program. For every 0.25% point increase in the American Beverage Association's national recycling rate, PepsiCo will contribute $31,250 funding in support of watershed protection and clean drinking water, up to $250,000 per year. For every 1 reward point, donated by a PepsiCo Recycling Program member out of their reward point pool to the Conservancy, the Company will contribute $0.01 in support of watershed protection and clean drinking water, up to $50,000 per year. The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends. More information about the Conservancy is available by mail at 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22203, by phone at (800) 628-6860 or at www.nature.org

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