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August 2006

 

Cities compete in recycling

The United States Conference of Mayors and Novelis have teamed up with Keep America Beautiful, Inc. (KAB) to expand their annual, national contest “Cans for Cash - City Recycling Challenge.” Officially launched at the United States Conference of Mayors annual meeting in June, the 2006 City Recycling Challenge now offers a total of twelve $5,000 awards for municipalities and four $2,500 awards for KAB affiliates.

More than 100 cities have participated in the Cans for Cash Challenge over the past two years, resulting in the collection and recycling of more than 160 million aluminum cans, recovering more than $2.5 million in aluminum value and diverting nearly 5 million pounds of material from landfills.

This year’s campaign will run from September 15 through September 30, 2006. The contest is divided into four divisions based on a city’s population, and awards are given in three recycling categories: Most Cans Collected; Most Innovative Idea; and Partnering with a local KAB affiliate, a new category to encourage innovative and sustainable recycling initiatives. Cities are eligible to participate in only one innovation category.

The winners will be announced on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2006.

Registration is free and open to interested cities. For further information and to register, visit the website www.usmayors.org/mwma by August 31, 2006.


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