82 million cans recycled during U.S.
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
"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,
- Division One (population 250,000+): Louisville, Kentucky, Mayor
Jerry E. Abramson.
- Division Four (population 50,000-): Tupelo, Mississippi, Mayor
- The winners of the $5,000 awards for the most aluminum cans
- Division One: Milwaukee, Wisconsin* - 1,147,084 pounds, Mayor
- 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
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.