Fayetteville to compete in National Recycling Challenge

09/24/2008

 Please recycle all your aluminum cans everyday!

  The City of Fayetteville is participating in the Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge.  The contest, created by The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Novelis Corporation, challenges cities across the country to collect recyclable aluminum beverage cans.  The challenge lasts during the month of October, officially starting on October 1st and ending on October 31st, 2008.

 Fayetteville will be competing with other cities of the same size for up to $10,000 in awards, which would be used to support recycling efforts through local education and awareness programs.  If every household in Fayetteville recycled just two more cans per week there would be close to 2 million more aluminum cans recycled in Fayetteville each year!  The 2007 average price paid to the City of Fayetteville for aluminum cans is $1,727 per ton! 

 Residents can help by placing their aluminum cans in their curbside recycling bins at home for weekly collection or by bringing the cans to the City of Fayetteville’s Recycling drop off site located at 1560 S. Happy Hollow Road.  The drop off site is opened 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  For more information about how to get involved in recycling efforts with the City please read the information on this section of the web site or call 718-7685.

 The Aluminum Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group representing aluminum producers, reports that nearly $1 billion in recyclable aluminum beverage cans go into landfills every year, which amounts to nearly 50% of all aluminum beverage cans produced were not recycled.  In other words, a significant source of revenue for recycling programs are being wasted.