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Louisville Wins National Recycling Award

Friday January 25, 2008

City claims 3rd consecutive award through Cans for Cash

Louisville’s aluminum can recycling program crushed the competition in a nationwide contest sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The annual “Cans for Cash” program pits like-sized cities against each other in an effort to collect the most cans. Louisville won the “most innovative ideas” category for its aluminum can recycling marketing campaign. This is Louisville’s third consecutive win.

“Aluminum cans are among the most easily recycled items in a household,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “I’m proud that Louisvillians have made recycling cans a habit. Our city is an example for other communities across the country.”

The awards were presented at this week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington, D.C. In October 2007, participating cities recycled more than 191 million aluminum cans. Louisville recycled 468,111 pounds (234 tons).

Novelis North America, an aluminum product and recycling company which sponsored the contest, estimated the cities’ efforts reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 24,000 tons – the equivalent of taking 25,000 cars off the road for a year.

Louisville’s award carried a $7,500 prize -- $5,000 of which will go to Louisville Metro Solid Waste’s recycling division and $2,500 will go to Brightside.

In 2006, U.S. recyclers recovered nearly 52% of the more than 100 billion aluminum beverage cans that were produced in the country. The U.S. Conference of Mayors began sponsoring the “Cans for Cash” program four years ago to encourage cities to promote recycling.