23 11, 2011

There’s More to America Recycles Day than Meets the Eye

2015-06-18T15:33:40+00:00November 23rd, 2011|

The results are in from America Recycles Day! As a following up to last week’s post announcing the yearly event, an article was released this week detailing the success of this year’s campaign, which garnered nearly 3 million aluminum cans for the benefit of local charities.

Since its inception in 2003, the Industry challenge has collected and recycled over 295 million cans nationwide. The competition, which asks 68 manufacturing facilities to partner with local schools and organizations for 108 days, exclusively benefits non-profit charities and community groups like the Boy and Girls Club and Habit for Humanity.

“Our contest provides an opportunity for can manufacturers and their employees to give something back—not only to the environment, but to their local communities,” said Robert Budway, president of CMI. “Our industry is proud of its efforts to optimize aluminum beverage can recycling while re-energizing the recycling ethic among consumers. We are even prouder of our efforts to reach out and help individuals that are really struggling in this tough economy.”

Awards were given to the top earning manufacturing plants this year, reflecting “the highest per-capita collection rates based on the number of pounds of aluminum collected per plant employee.” Winning branches were located across the nation’s Midwestern region in Illinois, Ohio and Indiana. The results of which were as follows: “Rexam manufacturing plant won first place…with 614,261 cans collected and recycled. [And] second and third place went to two Ball Corporation plants [who] collected 723,360 and 249,249 cans, respectively.”

CLICK HERE to read more about the impact of America Recycles Day and those who made the campaign such a success this year.

16 11, 2011

America Recycles Day

2015-06-18T15:33:40+00:00November 16th, 2011|

This Tuesday, November 14th was “America Recycles Day,” spearheaded by The Aluminum Association. Praising the material the Association said, “Aluminum’s recyclability and durability means that 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today.” As one of the most recycled materials on the planet- it is also one of the most energy efficient to recycle. In fact it only “requires only 5% of the energy and saves 95% of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with primary aluminum production.”

Aluminum cans are highly recycled “with 58.1% of aluminum cans recycled in 2010” in the US.  But The Aluminum Association is looking to raise that figure to 75%.  This year’s theme, “recycle today and always,” was meant to encourage consumers to always consider recycling a priority when using said containers. Amazingly, “recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to power a TV for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours,” so we should all take their message to heart. And it seems like people are when you look around, suggested Heidi Brock, President of the Aluminum Association.

“The great thing for me is to see someone cross the street to use a recycle bin instead of tossing the can in the trash container next to them. Or when I see a recycling bin that’s larger than the trash bin,” said Brock.  “That’s how we know we are getting the message out and people are listening.  We are all in this together.”

Anyone interested in recycling at their home or business can learn more about aluminum can recycling by visiting the following sites: www.aluminum.org/can and www.Earth911.org.

CLICK HERE to read the original article and learn more about “America Recycles Day.”

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