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2012 Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge ends
More than 114 million aluminum cans collected

The winners of the 2012 Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge were announced by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Novelis Inc.

Established in 2004, Cans for Cash is a national contest that rewards U.S. cities for recycling aluminum beverage cans. Combined, cities that participated in the 2012 Challenge collected 114,284,354 aluminum beverage cans during the challenge period. The amount of energy saved by recycling these cans could supply enough energy to power 10,884 U.S. homes for an entire day.

Grants were made in two categories – Most Cans Collected and Most Innovative Ideas. First place winners in each category were awarded $25,000 grants and second and third place winners were awarded $15,000 and $5,000 grants, respectively.

Most Cans Collected recognizes the cities that collect the most aluminum beverage cans per capita during the challenge period (any consecutive 28 days between March 1st and April 30th, 2012). In this category the winners are:

First Place ($25,000 grant)

•Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mayor Tom Barrett; city population: 594,833; number of cans collected: 39,393,259; cans collected per capita: 66.2.

Second Place ($15,000 grant)

•Richmond, Indiana, Mayor Sally Hutton; city population: 36,812; number of cans collected: 2,258,852; cans collected per capita: 61.4.

Third Place ($5,000 grant)

•University City, Missouri; Mayor Shelley Welsch; city population: 35,371; number of cans collected: 1,627,438; cans collected per capita: 46.0.

Most Innovative Ideas rewards the cities that employ the most creative strategies to promote aluminum beverage can recycling. Winners in this category are:

First Place ($25,000 grant)

•Pembroke Pines, Florida, Mayor Frank Ortis

Second Place ($15,000 grant)

•Newport News, Virginia, Mayor Mckinley Price

Third Place ($5,000 grant)

•Irvine, California, Mayor Sukhee Kang

The Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge has collected and recycled more than 902 million aluminum cans since the challenge started back in 2004.