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.”

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