US schools receive recycling rewards

Schools in the US recycled more than 2.3 million aluminium beverage cans through a new national recycling competition sponsored by the can industry.

The schools competed in the Great American Can Roundup (GACR) – School Challenge, a national competition sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the trade association representing can makers and their suppliers.

The recycled cans, totaling over 68,000 pounds, generated more than $34,000 for school activities and other uses.

A total of 108 schools from 30 states, representing over 56,000 students, competed in the contest.

Competing schools were rated on a per capita basis, comparing the pounds of cans recycled to the number of students participating.

With recycling rate of 29.21 pounds (approximately 1,000 cans) per student – more than double the per capita rate of any other school – Expedition Academy in Green River, Wyoming, was the national winner.

Spalding Academy in Spalding, Nebraska, and Cascade High School in Cascade, Montana, had the second and third highest per capita recycling totals, respectively. CMI awarded $1,000 to the top recycling school in each state and an additional $5,000 to the top school nationally. Expedition Academy received a total payout of $36,000. Combined with the recycling proceeds, the 108 schools collectively earned over $70,000.

“I congratulate Expedition Academy for their impressive showing and for setting such a strong example of the importance and value of recycling used cans,” says Robert Budway, president of CMI. “I also congratulate every other school and every student who took part in this national challenge. Every school should feel like a winner.”

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