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Your city’s green efforts can bring green returns.

Established in 2004 by The United States Conference of Mayors and Novelis, Cans for Cash™ City Recycling Challenge offers a range of new prize offerings and program rules in 2012.

Cities can participate for awards in two categories:

Most Cans Collected Award
Awards will be presented to the top three cities that collect the most recyclable aluminum beverage cans over a continuous four-week (28 day) period between March 1 and April 30, 2012.

  • First Place - $25,000
  • Second Place - $15,000
  • Third Place - $5,000
Winning cities will be determined by the ratio of the city population to the total number of cans recycled. Receipt documentation from scrap resellers and/or third-party recycling centers will be required. For the first time ever, cities who use single stream recycling can now participate in this category by providing audit data.

Most Innovative Ideas Award
Awards will be presented to the top three cities with the most innovative ideas for promoting aluminum beverage can recycling.

  • First Place - $25,000
  • Second Place - $15,000
  • Third Place - $5,000
Cities must submit an application form detailing their efforts and are encouraged to include sample materials created such as posters, e-mails, web pages, door hangers, photographs from events, press releases, social media activities, etc.

The City Recycling Challenge is free and there are no enrollment charges or fees.

Important Dates:

  • Can Collection Period: Four-week (28 day) period between March 1 and April 30, 2012
  • Deadline for Submission of Applications and Collection Data: May 18, 2012
  • Winners Announced: June 2012
The awards will be presented in June at the 2012 USCM Annual Meeting in Orlando.

If your city wants to participate, please complete the participation form on the homepage.

Contact Jubi Headley
(202) 861-6798

Think globally, recycle locally.

Recycling aluminum cans is much more than merely helpful to the earth. It is imperative for the earth. Considering that each year 50 billion aluminum cans are added to landfills, on a planet already struggling with countless environmental issues, every population center can make a significant difference by stepping up its recycling efforts.

Consider these facts:

Recycling aluminum beverage cans reduces landfills and associated costs. Selling aluminum cans to recyclers provides your city with the potential to generate additional income! Recyclable aluminum beverage cans are twenty times more valuable than typical household recyclables. The Cans for Cash™ City Recycling Challenge helps you and your residents build a green, sustainable community.

Friendly, spirited competitions

The Cans for Cash™ City Recycling Challenge brings city officials, communities and schools together. In addition to increasing citizens’ awareness of recycling, the Challenge offers awards and publicity that would be invaluable assets for promoting your city.