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April 2007

Aluminum can recycling lucrative to Habitat for Humanity affiliates

More than 1,000 affiliates have joined the Cans for Habitat program, using aluminum can recycling to help their mission of eliminating substandard housing. In 2006, Cans for Habitat affiliates generated about $400,000 in revenue for the construction of Habitat homes.

Recognizing the top participating affiliates and their recycling efforts in 2006, the aluminum industry awarded $100,000 in grants to 6 outstanding affiliates who grew their aluminum can recycling programs.

For judging purposes, affiliates were critiqued primarily in two areas: total pounds recycled and publicity efforts to promote their local recycling programs.

Returning Affiliate, First Place:

  • Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Yuma, Arizona recycled 91,000 pounds of aluminum. HFH of Yuma forged a new partner in 2006, Arizona Western College, to gain student support for their recycling program.

First-Year Affiliate, First Place:

  • Hopkinsville/Christian HFH Hopkinsville, Kentucky, recycled the most pounds and developed valuable partnerships, including one with their area Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

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