recycle over 2.3 million aluminum cans
Schools across America recycled more than
2.3 million aluminum beverage cans through a new national recycling
competition sponsored by the can industry. The recycled cans,
totaling over 68,000 pounds, generated more than $34,000 for
school activities and other uses.
The schools competed in the Great American
Can Roundup (GACR) – School Challenge, a national competition
sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the trade
association representing can makers and their suppliers. Competing
schools were rated on a per capita basis, comparing the pounds
of cans recycled to the number of students participating.
With recycling rate of 29.21 pounds (approximately
1,000 cans) per student – more than double the per capita rate
of any other school – Expedition Academy in Green River, Wyoming,
was the national winner. Spalding Academy in Spalding, Nebraska,
and Cascade High School in Cascade, Montana, had the second and
third highest per capita recycling totals, respectively. CMI
awarded $1,000 to the top recycling school in each state and
an additional $5,000 to the top school nationally, Expedition
Academy, for a total payout of $36,000. Combined with the recycling
proceeds, the 108 schools collectively earned over $70,000.
The 2010-2011 GACR School Challenge marked
the first year of an annual event that begins on America Recycles
Day, November 15, and ends on Earth Day, April 22. A total of
108 schools from 30 states, representing over 56,000 students,
competed in the contest. CMI has set a goal of quadrupling the
number of schools participating in the 2011-2012 challenge; schools
interested in competing may now register at www.cancentral.com/roundup.