Cash for Cans

This past year, the City of El Paso participated in the annual Cash for Cans national recycling competition. This city recycling challenge is a national contest that rewards cities for recycling aluminum beverage cans. The United States Conference of Mayors, Novelis Corporation and Keep America Beautiful (KAB), were partners who sponsored the friendly competition. The Challenge ran through the month of October 2007, and had four divisions divided by population. A total of 100 cities registered and participated in this national event. El Paso participated and competed in division one, which was designated for cities with a population of 250,000 or more. The recycling challenge will award $5,000 to twelve participating municipalities and $2,500 to four of the winning municipality’s local KAB affiliates to further recycling efforts in their communities. The City of El Paso and Keep El Paso Beautiful are most definitely in the running for the money thanks to the community's recycling efforts.

El Paso collected a total of 88,000 pounds of aluminum cans. This total includes aluminum cans collected from the City of El Paso’s curbside recycling program, Desert Eagle Recycling and T.A. & V. Tire and Auto Service. Since this was our first year competing, we hope to gain the support from additional area recycling centers and businesses next year!

Winners will be announced in early 2008. Awards will be presented at the 2008 United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting.

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