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Schools Use Recycling to Get School Supplies

Many schools across the U.S. have participated in the Aluminum Can Council’s America Recycles Day School Challenge to raise funds. During a 12-week period each fall, schools join with aluminum suppliers and beverage can manufacturers in a national recycling competition.  In 2009, more than 133 schools participated and raised over $53,000 and recycled more than 48,094 pounds of used aluminum beverage cans.

The top schools collecting the most cans per student were awarded a $250 prize on Earth Day. First place went to Twin Lakes High School, Monticello, Indiana. The school partnered with Ball Corporation's metal beverage packaging facility in Monticello and other businesses in the community to recycle 7,092 pounds of aluminum beverage cans, or 9.8 pounds per student. They raised $3,556, which funded the band's new uniforms. Second place went to Collins Intermediate School, Conroe, Texas. This school recycled 3,845 pounds of aluminum, or 7.44 pounds per student, and raised $2,832 for the school's Parent Teacher Organization. 

The ACC's National School Challenge is a friendly, intra-industry contest where beverage can manufacturers Ball Corporation, Metal Container Corporation and Rexam and aluminum suppliers Alcoa Inc., Arco Aluminum and Novelis Inc. partner with schools to see which facility/school team can recycle the most aluminum cans per student.

To learn more about contest visit the America Recycles Day contest at