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Anheuser-Busch marks American Recycles Day by investing in recycling programs


Anheuser-Busch is pleased to join Keep America Beautiful and communities across the country in recognizing Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day. To mark this occasion, Anheuser-Busch today announced a $500,000 gift from the Anheuser-Busch Foundation to Keep America Beautiful to support their national recycling programs. This gift will assist the organization in their ongoing efforts to educate the public on the importance of recycling and litter prevention. In addition, the donation will fund a grant program to assist event recycling by providing approximately 3,000 recycling bins to local communities across the country.

'Recycling is one of our key areas of focus when it comes to promoting environmental responsibility within our company and with our consumers,' said Dave Peacock, president of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. 'This gift from our Foundation will help support Keep America Beautiful's efforts to remind Americans about the importance of recycling and protecting the environment in their local communities.'

Keep America Beautiful and its nearly 600 affiliates educate millions of individuals about environmental stewardship and community improvement issues, as well as involve them in thousands of volunteer-based action programs nationwide. Anheuser-Busch has been supporting Keep America Beautiful since its establishment in 1953, and was one of the first corporations to address the problems of litter and waste disposal.

'Anheuser-Busch has been an outstanding partner throughout the years and this gift from their Foundation only reinforces their commitment to promote recycling and assist local event recycling initiatives,' said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful, Inc. 'Our affiliate organizations are eager to begin applying for grants under the recycling bin program. This will greatly assist their efforts to promote recycling at sporting events, concerts and other public gatherings.'

Keep America Beautiful will execute the recycling bin program, and information on how and where to apply will be issued by the organization's local affiliates.

Anheuser-Busch has a long history of supporting recycling programs, both inside and outside its breweries. Last year, the company's 12 U.S. breweries recycled 99.4 percent of the solid waste generated in the brewing and packaging of their beers. Recycled materials include beechwood chips, aluminum, glass, brewers' grain, scrap metal, cardboard and many other items. Since 1992, the company at its charitable foundation have donated more than $63 million to environmental and conservation efforts across the country.

About Keep America Beautiful

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation's largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of over 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public/private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For additional information, visit www.kab.org.

About Anheuser-Busch

Anheuser Busch and its employees build on a legacy of corporate social responsibility by focusing on three keys areas: promoting alcohol responsibility, preserving and protecting the environment and supporting local communities. In the past three decades, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers have committed more than $830 million in national advertising campaigns and community-based programs to encourage responsible drinking and prevent underage drinking and drunk driving. Anheuser-Busch reduced total water use at its breweries by 38 percent since 2000 and the company has been a leading aluminum recycler for more than 30 years. Since 1997, Anheuser-Busch and its Foundation have invested in local communities through donations of more than $450 million to charitable organizations. The company also has provided more than 68 million cans of drinking water to people impacted by natural and other disasters since 1988. Based in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch, the leading American brewer, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the leading global brewer, and continues to operate under the Anheuser-Busch name and logo. For more information about Anheuser-Busch's programs, visit www.anheuser-busch.com/citizenship.html.

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