On Veterans Day, the PepsiCo Dream Machine recycling initiative fulfilled a promise to America’s veterans. By making a $500,000 donation to the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV), PepsiCo has helped to give the hope of a brighter future to those who have served our country.
“At PepsiCo, we are committed to delivering sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet – we are honored to support the EBV through the Dream Machine recycling program,” said Jeremy Cage, senior vice president and head of the Dream Machine Recycling Initiative, PepsiCo, via press release.
The EBV is a national program offering career training, education and job creation for post-9/11 U.S. veterans with disabilities.
The donation was presented to the EBV at a half-time ceremony at a Syracuse University football game. Syracuse University is home to the Whitman School of Management and Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), which operates the EBV program.
“Our strategic partnerships on this initiative help make recycling more convenient and rewarding, and the effort goes to support our veterans with disabilities who are reentering civilian life,” said Cage.
The Dream Machine program has introduced thousands of computerized recycling kiosks and bins at popular public locations across North America. Powered by Greenopolis, the kiosks allow consumers to earn points for every bottle or can they recycle, and redeemed those points for discounts on local entertainment, dining and travel.
The more plastic bottles and aluminum cans Americans recycle in Dream Machine kiosks and bins, the more support PepsiCo will provide to the EBV. For every 10 million pounds of recycled material collected, the company will contribute an additional $250,000. The company hopes to contribute an additional $500,00 each year to the EBV.
In addition to supporting U.S. veterans with disabilities through the Dream Machine program, PepsiCo contributes to national veteran-related causes including American Corporate Partners and the Bob Woodruff Foundation.