Aluminum Can Industry Challenge Raises $80,000 for Charities by Recycling More Than 167,000 Pounds of Beverage Cans

Ardagh Group's Elk Grove Village Facility Receives Top Honors; Ball Corporation Recycles Most Overall 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Dec 5, 2016 —The Ardagh plant in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, recycled 8,732 pounds of aluminum beverage cans this year, earning them top honors in the 2016 Great American Can Roundup (GACR) Industry Challenge. The efforts of the facility’s 67 employees raised more than $3,600 for Ronald McDonald House. As the winner of the challenge, Ardagh receives an additional $2,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. 

The GACR Industry Challenge, sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), promotes awareness around the environmental benefits of recycling aluminum cans by encouraging its members to compete in the challenge. The winner is based on cans collected per employee at participating facilities. In 2016, more than 5,000 employees from CMI member company facilities across the country collected more than 167,000 pounds of beverage cans, raising more than $80,000 for charity. The facilities partner with their local schools, charities and other organizations to spread the recycling message and give back to their community. Since its inception, the GACR Industry Challenge has recycled more than 7 million pounds of aluminum cans.

"On behalf of the entire Ardagh Group team, I'd like to thank CMI and our industry partners for once again participating in this effort and setting a positive example in the communities we do business in," said Claude Marbach, CEO, Ardagh Metal - Beverage North America. "Together, we're showing the benefits of recycling and how easy it can be to make the link between supporting our environment and contributing to charitable efforts. This is just the beginning as we continue to promote industry efforts to raise recycle rates and articulate the environmental value of the beverage can."

Ardagh’s various plants recycled more than 12,000 pounds of cans and earned more than $5,000 for charity.

The 565 employees at Ball Corporation’s Headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado, recycled 64,140 pounds of cans, raising more than $14,000 to earn second place and an additional $1,000 for charity. The money they earned from recycling went to the Ball Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the company. Fifteen Ball Corporation facilities recycled the most cans for a single company, totaling more than 120,000 pounds and raising almost $40,000 for a variety of charities.

Novelis’ Greensboro plant in Georgia took third place by recycling 12,000 pounds of aluminum beverage cans and raising more than $10,200 for local schools. Five Novelis facilities with 1,795 employees recycled 32,475 pounds and raised more than $32,000 for charity.

“Raising environmental awareness about the importance of recycling cans is one of CMI’s main initiatives,” said CMI President Robert Budway. “Our industry is proud of the superior environmental benefits of the aluminum beverage can, and CMI is honored to sponsor the GACR in order to raise awareness about recycling and how to maintain a sustainable community. This industry contest provides an opportunity for can manufacturers and suppliers to show they are environmental stewards while also raising money for their local charities”

CMI also sponsors other competitions under the GACR umbrella in order to promote and engage recycling within various communities around the country. For more information about the Great American Can Roundup, visit

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Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) is the national trade association of the metal can manufacturing industry and its suppliers in the United States. The can industry accounts for the annual domestic production of approximately 124 billion food, beverage and other metal cans; which employs more than 28,000 people with plants in 33 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa; and generates about $17.8 billion in direct economic activity. CMI members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers.



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