During a 12 week period, 105 million beverage cans, or more than 3M Ib of cans were collected, which raised $2.3M for charity.
The America Recycles Day Challenge is an industry contest where suppliers Alcoa, Arco Aluminum and Novelis and beverage can manufacturers Ball Corporation; Metal Container Corporation and Rexam compete to see which facility can recycle the most aluminium cans per employee.
The 3M Ib of aluminium recycled during the challenge saved 196,576 MBTUs of energy, reduced the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by 2314 cars driven in one year, saved 7723m3 of water and conserved 12637t of GHG versus using new aluminium.
Habitat for Humanity, the American Red Cross, Toys for Tots, local parks, other non-profit groups, schools and recycling programmess through the Aluminum Can Council’s (ACC) America Recycles Day Challenge benefited from the money raised.
Those participating collected 679% more aluminum beverage cans than they did the year before.
Rexam’s Chatsworth, California beverage can plant recycled over 34M beverage cans, or 1.01M Ibs, to win the challenge. The plant worked with local groups, including a partnership with the Valley Recycling Center and the San Fernando Valley Habitat for Humanity, to incorporate recycling efforts into concerts, runs and other fundraisers.