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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Issues 'Call to the Post' for Cantucky Derby

Monday August 29, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson issued a “call to the post” today, for all Louisville residents to help the city finish first in a nationwide aluminum can recycling competition.
The local campaign, sponsored by ARCO Aluminum, has been dubbed the “Cantucky Derby - Race Against Cities,” recognizing Louisville’s legendary racing history and the community’s commitment to recycling.

“The challenge is a fun way to remind folks in our community about the importance of recycling,” said Abramson. “Increased recycling is something everyone can do to benefit our environment and make our hometown a better place to live.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors and Novelis Corporation are coordinating the nationwide program, which challenges cities across the country to collect recyclable aluminum cans and raise awareness about recycling. Cash prizes will be awarded to communities with the most tonnage of recycled aluminum at the end of a two-week collection period. Communities are grouped by population, and Louisville will be competing against cities like:
· Indianapolis
· Gainesville, Fla.
· Greenville, N.C.
· Knoxville, Tenn.
· Salt Lake City

People can join the race today by collecting and saving cans at work and at home until the collection period begins on September 1. The competition wraps up on September 16.

During the competition, all cans recycled through curbside pick-up or office collection will be counted toward the city’s final total – this includes aluminum collected by private recycling contractors and scrap metal processors. Or, residents may deposit their recyclables at one of the city’s 16 drop-off locations. For more information about finding a convenient site, a list of locations can be found at

Zoo offers discount for cans
The Louisville Zoo is a partner in the competition, hosting a temporary recycling drop-off site. Patrons who bring in three or more cans during the hours of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. will receive a $1 discount off the regular price of admission. The promotion does not apply on September 5 or September 11 due to previously scheduled events. Discounts may not be used in combination with any other promotions.

The Cantucky Derby mascot is a Gallopalooza horse wearing a garland of aluminum cans. The mascot will be on display at the Louisville Zoo, along with information and fun facts about recycling and the environment.

“I think residents of our hometown know what it takes to cross the finish line first,” said Abramson. “You might call this the most exciting two weeks in recycling.”

For more information about the Cantucky Derby or recycling, call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000. Competition details may also be found at