Manufacturers Institute partners with non-profit in Great American
The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) announced
that non-profit organization Food For All has signed on as a
partner for The Great American Can RoundUp.
The RoundUp initiative is designed to help organizations recycle
cans for cash and raise environmental awareness among participants.
The partnership allows RoundUp participants to choose to donate
the money they collect from recycling to Food For All, who will
distribute the proceeds to soup kitchens and food banks in participants’
local cities and towns, nationwide.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Can Manufacturers Institute
on their Great American Can RoundUp initiative,” said Denis Zegar,
president and CEO of Food For All. “The opportunity to bridge
an environmentally conscious recycling initiative to feeding
the hungry here in the United States is civic responsibility
at its finest.”
CMI also encouraged everyone to properly celebrate America Recycles
Day on November 15 by recycling what might be the most common
product that comes to mind when people hear “recycle” – the aluminum
Seventy-five years after the first beverage can was introduced
to the market, it has never been easier for consumers to show
their environmental concern by recycling through the 8,660 community
recycling collection programs in place across the country and
recycling drop-off centers available nationwide. But now, recycling
can also be considered big business for avid recyclers.
Last year, the aluminum industry paid out more than $800 million
to can recyclers and the aluminum recycling rate was 57.4 percent.
An average of 101,218 aluminum cans are recycled every minute
in the United States, which adds up to more than 2 billion pounds
of aluminum being diverted from landfills each year.
Manufacturing new aluminum cans from recycled cans uses 95 percent
less energy than producing cans from virgin materials and a recycled
aluminum beverage can makes its way back to the store shelf in
as little as 60 days.
“Recycling has become a green activity that everyone understands
and can participate in,” added Robert Budway, president of CMI.
“We are eager to see how ambitious and generous our Great American
Can RoundUp participants will be, both with collecting cans and
donating their proceeds to Food For All.”