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Recycling challenge raises $133,695 for local charities

The aluminum beverage can industry raised $133,695 for local charities by recycling 178,099 lbs. of cans, which equates to more than 5.7 million beverage cans, for the Can Manufacturers Institute’s (CMI) Great American Can RoundUp Industry Challenge.

Ball Corporation scored first place in the annual competition by recycling nearly 50 percent of the entire amount collected – 88,473 lbs. of cans. Rexam and Crown Holdings came in second and third place, respectively.

The Great American Can RoundUp Industry Challenge is sponsored by CMI and held annually to raise awareness for the environmental benefits of recycling cans. The participating American can manufacturers and aluminum suppliers – Rexam, Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, Novelis and Alcoa – engage their plant facilities to partner with local charities, schools and other organizations to collect and recycle used aluminum beverage cans. Proceeds from the recycled cans are then donated to a charity of the company’s choice.

“Cans are the most recycled beverage packaging in the world, and drive the most value in the recycling stream,” said Michael Hranicka, president, Ball Metal Beverage Packaging Division, Americas.

Additional industry challenge winners are based on the lbs. recycled per capita by each participating member company facility. The top recycling per capita facilities were Rexam – Executive Office, Chicago, Illinois; Ball – Findlay, Ohio; and Rexam – Whitehouse, Ohio. Together, these facilities raised more than $119,900 for local charities, non-profits and school programs.

CMI also sponsors other competitions under the Great American Can RoundUp umbrella in order to promote and engage recycling within various communities around the country. Raising environmental awareness about the importance of recycling cans is one of CMI’s main initiatives.