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December 2006

82 million cans recycled during U.S. city challenge

Stamford, CT— The U.S. Conference of Mayors, Novelis Inc. and Keep America Beautiful, Inc. announced the winners in the 2006 "Cans for Cash: City Recycling Challenge" on America Recycles Day. For the third year, the program challenged like-sized cities to compete against each other in aluminum can collection for monetary awards and to encourage recycling. During two weeks in September, more than 30 cities collected over 2.4 million pounds of aluminum cans which equates to over 82 million used beverage cans.

"Friendly, spirited competitions like the City Recycling Challenge bring city officials, communities and schools together to help promote recycling," said Kevin Greenawalt, president, Novelis North America. "Working together, the goal is to foster efforts to promote the value of aluminum can recycling and help cities sustain their local efforts."

Winning cities that partnered with local Keep America Beautiful affiliates will be awarded $5,000 and $2,500, respectively:

  • Division One (population 250,000+): Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor Jerry E. Abramson.
  • Division Four (population 50,000-): Tupelo, Mississippi, Mayor Neelly.
  • The winners of the $5,000 awards for the most aluminum cans recycled are:
  • Division One: Milwaukee, Wisconsin* - 1,147,084 pounds, Mayor Barrett.
  • Division Two (population 100,00-249,999): Fontana, California - 213,515 pounds, Mayor Mark Nuami.
  • Division Three (population 50,000-99,999): Bowling Green, Kentucky - 78,310 pounds, Mayor Elaine Walker.
  • Division Four: Richmond, Indiana - 29,670 pounds, Mayor Sally Hutton.

To help mayors engage their communities in recycling and raise awareness about its importance over the long term, cities submitted innovative education and marketing ideas for an additional $5,000 award. The cities being recognized for the most innovative campaigns are as follows:

  • Division One: Lexington, Kentucky, Mayor Teresa Ann Isaac.
  • Division Two: Tallahassee, Florida, Mayor John Marks.
  • Division Three: Bowling Green, Kentucky, Mayor Elaine Walker.
  • Division Four: Columbus, Indiana, Mayor Fred Armstrong.

The aluminum can is the country's most recycled beverage container and has been for more than 20 years.


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