Fayetteville to participate in National Recycling Challenge.

09/22/2009

 Cans for Cash challenge promotes the recycling of valuable aluminum cans.

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, 2009. 

Fayetteville will be competing with other cities of the same size for up to $5,000 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!  That equates to roughly 30 extra tons of cans, which in 2008, averaged $1,538 per ton paid to the City of Fayetteville!  

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 visit the Solid Waste and Recycling page on this website or call 718-7685. 

The Aluminum Association, a Washington, D.C.-based trade group representing aluminum producers, reports that recycling is good for the environment and municipal finances because aluminum is the most valuable material in the household recycling bin. Last year, just under $1 billion was paid for recyclable aluminum beverage cans. Yet nearly 50% of all aluminum beverage cans produced were not recycled. In other words, nearly $1 billion worth of aluminum cans are thrown away annually.