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
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.