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June 22, 2010
Couple Raises Money For Their Wedding Through Aluminum Can Recycling
Last Ton of Cans to be Picked Up at Their Home This Week
PITTSBURGH--With their wedding just over a month away, a couple in Spokane, WA has a
special reason to celebrate. Thanks to help from Alcoa and people around
the country, Peter Geyer and Andrea Parrish now have the money they need
to pay for their wedding – all raised through recycling aluminum cans.
The couple has collected 400,000 cans, worth about $3,800. The last of
the aluminum cans – about 73,000 in all -- will be picked up from their
home by United Recycling Services on June 24, who donated the remaining
number of cans the couple needed to reach their goal.
“We are happy to help Peter and Andrea reach their goal,” said Paul
Gauron of United Recycling Services. “Recycling cans is a great marriage
of protecting the environment and earning some cash.”
When Peter and Andrea agreed to marry, they knew they needed to raise
the money to make their July wedding plans a reality. So they tapped
into their desire to protect the environment, and started a campaign to
recycle aluminum cans to pay for the ceremony. Alcoa made a big impact
on their goal by donating 150,000 – or 4,500 pounds – of cans.
"Alcoa's contribution put us past the halfway mark at the time, and we
were just blown away," said Andrea Parrish. "Since then, people around
the world have lent a hand and we've met our goal sooner than we had
expected. We are so excited about our wedding in July!"
Andrea and Peter say they will continue to collect cans to help pay for
their honeymoon, and will donate 60% of what they receive to the
charities of Doctors Without Borders and Rim Country Land Institute. And
they will continue to advise others on how they can start their own
fundraising efforts through recycling aluminum cans.
"This has been a great story on how recycling aluminum cans not only
protects the environment, but can be a financial incentive for anyone
trying to raise some additional funds – whether you’re a Boy Scout
troop, an athletic organization or you’ve just gotten engaged," said
Greg Wittbecker, Alcoa’s Director of Recycling. "Alcoa will continue to
spread the word on the benefits of recycling."
Aluminum cans are infinitely recyclable and it takes 95% less energy to
recycle cans than to make them from new aluminum. The beverage
containers can be used, recycled, and back on store shelves in as little
as 60 days. In fact, nearly 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever
produced since 1888 is still in use today because of the material’s
To learn more about how you can recycle in your own community, go to www.alcoarecycling.com.
To learn more about Andrea and Peter’s recycling efforts visit www.weddingcans.com.
Visual Opportunity: On June 24 at 11 a.m., United Recycling
Services in Spokane will be picking up one ton of aluminum cans from
Andrea and Peter’s house. Paul Gauron can be reached at 509.777.8300.
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum,
fabricated aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day
aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in
the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction,
commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets
over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are
flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as
Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and
building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such
as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.