Recycling Contest Raises Money for Charity

Rexam, Novelis and Ball Corporation Win Top Three Spots in Industry Recycling Contest

aluminum recycling, soda can recyling, The aluminum beverage can industry collected and recycled more than 235,100 lbs. of cans, raising nearly $183,830 for local charities across the country in an industry-wide competition, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) announced.

Winners are selected from the highest per-capita collection rates based on the number of pounds of aluminum collected per employee at each site, according to CMI, the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States.

"Aluminum cans are endlessly recyclable and can be recycled into new cans and put back on store shelves in as a few of 60 days," said Robert Budway, president of CMI.

The Rexam North American beverage can headquarters office in Chicago won first place in the annual industry competition, with 70,775 lbs. of used aluminum cans (874 per capita).

"We're pleased to team with our industry and local communities in showing the easy connection between recycling, environmental friendliness and charity," said Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam BCNA.

Novelis in LaGrange, Ga., whose employees collected 3,517 lbs. of cans (352 per capita), came in second, with third place filled by Ball Corporation's plant in Findlay, Ohio, collecting and recycling 36,611 lbs. (101 per capita).

"The can manufacturing industry competition is a great opportunity to promote aluminum can recycling," said Tom Walpole, president of Novelis North America. "Novelis is proud to be associated with this competition and give back to the communities where we live and work."

The Great American Can Roundup Industry Challenge is a nine month competition that involved 87 facilities, including plants and corporate offices Rexam, Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings Inc., Alcoa and Novelis.Individual facilities partnered with schools and local organizations to collect and recycle used beverage cans.

The challenge is part of a larger initiative to promote and engage community recycling involvement, sponsors recycling events, and distributes educational materials regarding the importance of environmental awareness.

Originally launched in 2003 as the America Recycles Day Challenge, the contest's goal was to raise awareness of recycling and with intrinsic value of the can give back to local communities.

"This contest and community outreach is another way our industry can show how the beverage can is the most sustainable beverage package in the world, recycled at more than double the rate of any other package," Grimley said.

Aluminum, which is infinitely recyclable, drives value in the the recycling supply chain, offering social, sustainability and economic benefits to the communities surrounding the facilities, said Michal Hranicka, president of Ball metal beverage packaging division, Americas.

"Volunteer efforts like this one complement ongoing industry initiatives focused on increasing the can's recycling rate even further and saving natural resources and energy in the process," Hranicka said.

Proceeds from the effort will benefit local Ronald McDonald House charities; Habitat for Humanity; Findley, Ohio, schools; The Ball Foundation; the Boys Scouts; Keep Blount Beautiful and other charities throughout the United States.

The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 124 billion food, beverage and other metal cans. In the last nine years, the contest has recycled more than 9.3 million lbs. of aluminum cans.