Aluminum can industry announces initiatives to
encourage residential curbside recycling and business participation
Arlington, VA— This America
Recycles Day, the aluminum can industry announced their efforts
to increase aluminum can recycling rates, while encouraging Americans
to get involved in recycling.
The Aluminum Association and
Can Manufacturers Institute have joined forces in the Aluminum
Can Council (ACC) to promote recycling on a variety of different
levels. The following aluminum can industry-sponsored programs
have all celebrated tremendous successes and provide opportunities
for communities, businesses and individuals to enlist in the effort
to continue increasing recycling participation.
Curbside Value Partnership
The Curbside Value Partnership (CVP) is a national partnership
between the ACC and material recovery facility (MRF) operators,
city officials and organizations interested in recycling. The
partnership was created to increase residential participation
in curbside programs and make the programs more profitable and
sustainable. The CVP was formed by members of the ACC and is based
on research, pilot programs and best practices around the country.
A pilot program in Indian River
County, Florida saw a 22% increase in recycling of co-mingled
materials. In every partner community, the ACC works with officials
to educate residents on where and how to get a bin, showcases
the benefits of recycling and helps cities measure success.
Aluminum Can Challenge
The Aluminum Can Challenge is reflective of the aluminum
and can manufacturer industries’ commitment to recycling
and the environment by collecting and recycling used aluminum
beverage cans for local charities and raising recycling awareness.
In this competition, the ACC
encouraged aluminum can manufacturers to participate in recycling
aluminum cans in their communities. Employees are encouraged to
ask friends, community groups, schools and local businesses to
recycle cans at designated locations.
The Challenge began on September
1st and ended on America Recycles Day. The top three facilities
with the highest number of cans recycled per capita will have
$500 dedicated to the charity of their choice.
The aluminum recycling operation
facility recycling the most per capita wins a $500 check for their
selected local charity.
The ACC works with schools nationwide to educate and
inform children, teachers and parents about the importance of
recycling. This is done via several programs - the Recycle Challenge
and two school curriculums: The ABCs of Environmental Education
and Talkin’ Trash with ABCs.
Recycle Challenge currently involves
partnerships with school communities across the country to involve
their students in recycling participation. Schools volunteer to
serve as aluminum can drop-off centers and easily accessible bins
on-site. The schools receive funding garnered from the recycled
Cans for Habitat
Cans for Habitat is a partnership between the Aluminum
Association and Habitat for Humanity International where money
earned from recycled aluminum cans goes directly to the construction
of Habitat homes in communities around the country. To date, over
650 Habitat affiliates nationwide participate in the program.
Since the Cans for Habitat program
began in 1997, 11.3 million pounds of aluminum cans have been
recycled nationally by and for Habitat affiliates - an equivalent
of over $4 million, all of which has gone to the construction
of more than 92 Habitat houses. Local affiliates, volunteers,
recyclers, national and local retail outlets and civic organizations
work together to “Make Every Can Count!”
For additional information, please
contact the Aluminum Can Council by visiting www.aluminum.org.