The Can Manufacturers Institute promotes community recycling involvement, sponsors recycling events, and distributes educational materials regarding the importance of environmental awareness.
Every minute, approximately 20,000 steel cans are recycled in the United States. In 2005, the steel recycling rate reached 63%, with the industry remelting more than 18 billion steel cans into new products. For more information on where and how to recycle steel food cans in your area, visit the Steel Recycling Institute's Website at www.recycle-steel.org Or call their national consumer information hotline (800.937.1226)
CMI and the Aluminum Association sponsor the Curbside Value Partnership under the Aluminum Can Council logo (ACC). The program—offered to cities, waste haulers, and municipal recycling facilities—is designed to increase the economic value and payback of local curbside recycling systems.
The ACC also sponsors the America Recycles Day Aluminum Can Challenge, an annual intra-industry competition, which raises recycling awareness while donating aluminum can-recycling proceeds to local charities.
The Recycle Challenge, funded by the ACC and run by Anheuser-Busch, provides drop-off containers at schools and churches for the collection of aluminum beverage cans. Local schools earn money for what is collected and communities learn about recycling and the environment.
The ACC publishes and distributes educational materials for children that highlight the benefits of recycling and encourage environmentally and socially responsible behavior. CMI has fulfilled over 8,000 environmental curriculum requests from teachers who have a combined potential of reaching 240,000 classroom students and setting up aluminum can recycling programs in those schools.
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