MARCH 2008

Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity named top recycler

Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity in Nebraska was recognized as the top aluminum can recycler in 2007 with a $30,000 grant from Cans for Habitat, a national partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and the Aluminum Association.

Competing against other Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the country, Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity won by recycling the most pounds of aluminum cans per capita and demonstrating the best overall marketing and media outreach for its local program.

Grand Island Area HFH recycled 54,820 pounds of cans, earning more than $35,650. The proceeds from these recycled cans, along with the $30,000 award, will be used to help build Habitat for Humanity homes in partnership with families in need.

The affiliate’s promotional efforts included a “Can Jam”, held in celebration of Earth Day, which involved more than 2,200 elementary students in an art contest and can recycling. The affiliate also developed valuable partnerships to collect cans and distribute materials, including one with the Principal Financial Group and another with the Hall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Throughout the year, more than 80 Habitat for Humanity affiliates participated in the grant program by reporting their pounds on the Cans for Habitat website. There were 492,660 pounds of cans recycled, generating more than $337,360 from recycling proceeds.

The $30,000 award was the result of a grant program that gave $5,000 each month, from June to October, to the affiliate that recycled and reported the most pounds of aluminum cans.