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Air Force cadet squadron wins recycling contest

The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Squadron 09 won the inaugural Great American Can Roundup (GACR) contest by recycling a total of 4,166 beverage cans. Sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the GACR creates awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling cans.

A representative from Ball Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of aluminum beverage cans in North America, presented the Academy Challenge Perpetual Trophy, along with a $1,500 check, to the winning squadron at the Air Force Academy’s headquarters in Colorado Springs.

With more than 24,310 cans recycled and nearly half of the squadrons participating, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Squadron Roundup ran from November 15 through April 22. Participation was open to its 1,700 cadets who organized the collection and recycling of 5,000 cans within the final two weeks before Earth Day.

In addition to the first place squadron prize, Ball Corporation, on behalf of CMI, awarded $1,000 to the second place recyclers, U.S. Air Force Cadet Squadron 06.