Third Annual Great American Can Roundup School Challenge Winners Announced

Valley Elementary School, Cody, Wyoming, Earns National Recycling Champion Honors in the Can Manufacturers Institute's Sponsored Recycling Contest

May 13, 2013, 13:48 ET from Can Manufacturers Institute

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Valley Elementary School in Cody, Wyoming, brought home national recycling champion honors in the Great American Can Roundup (GACR) School Challenge with an impressive 89,260 beverage cans collected per student, which equate to 2,582 pounds of aluminum.  Valley Elementary School, along with 1,015 other schools across the United States, competed to collect the highest pounds of aluminum beverage cans.

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As the national recycling champion winner, Valley Elementary School will receive a $5,000 prize, an additional $1,000 as the state winner and the value of the cans collected by the school. Students collected cans from November 15, 2012 (America Recycles Day) through April 22, 2013 (Earth Day).

The GACR, sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), was implemented to create awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling cans. The 2012-2013 School Challenge engaged and educated more than 525,000 students around the country about the benefits of recycling and the ability to divert 206,561 pounds of beverage cans from landfills.  At 50-cents-per-pound, schools competing in the GACR School Challenge raised more than $103,000 for future activities, local charities and special causes, in addition to the $56,000 in prize money offered by CMI.     

Since its inception in 2010, The GACR School Challenge has grown from 250 schools with more than 44,000 student participants, to more 1,000 schools with student involvement at more than half a million.

"CMI is very pleased to see the incredible increase in student participation involved in the School Challenge," said Can Manufacturers Institute President Robert Budway. "These schools and students are the ultimate measure of success in terms of educating the younger generation on the benefits of using and recycling aluminum cans. They can be challenged to increase the recycling rate, which currently is more than 65 percent. After all, the aluminum can is endlessly recyclable and is composed of a high amount of recycled material."

Registration for the 2013-2014 Great American Can Roundup School Challenge is currently open.  Schools can register at

More information about the can's sustainability attributes can be found at

2012- 2013 Great American Can Roundup School Winners by State

Alabama:  Holy Family Regional School, Huntsville

Arkansas:  Don Roberts Elementary Schools, Little Rock

Arizona:  Faith Lutheran School, Tucson

California:  Believe!  Manteca/Redwood High School Campus, Stockton

Colorado:  Bessemer Academy Primary, Pueblo

Florida:  Trinity Lutheran School, Holly Hill

Georgia:  Augusta Preparatory Day School, Martinez

Hawaii:  Hanalei School, Hanalei

Idaho:  Skyway Elementary School, Coeur d'Alene

Illinois:  Kidz Korner, Channahon

Indiana:  Seeger Middle School, Williamsport

Iowa:  Columbus Secondary School, Columbus Junction

Kansas:  Newton Bible Christian School, Newtown

Kentucky:  St. John's School, Georgetown

Maryland:  St. Thomas Aquinas School, Baltimore

Massachusetts:  Lynch Elementary School, Winchester

Michigan:  Henry Ford Academy, School for the Creative Arts, Detroit

Minnesota:  St. Johns – St. Andrews School, Melrose 

Missouri:  Northeast Nodaway R-V High School, Ravenwood

Montana:  Fortine School, Fortine

Nebraska:  Christ Lutheran Elementary School, Columbus

New Hampshire:  Epsom Central Middle School, Epsom

New Jersey:  Weymouth Township School, Dorthy

New Mexico:  Christ Lutheran School, Albuquerque

New York:  Danny Kaye Elementary P.S. 149, Brooklyn

North Carolina:  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School, Rocky Mount

North Dakota:  Bismarck High School, Bismarck

Ohio:  Arcadia Elementary and Middle School, Findlay

Oklahoma:  Morrison Public School (7th – 12th grades), Morrison

Pennsylvania:  Immaculate Conception Middle School, Clarion

South Carolina:  Jesse Boyd Elementary School, Spartanburg

Tennessee:  Sacred Heart Elementary School, Loretto

Texas:  Fulton 4-5 Learning Center, Rockport

Vermont:  Champlain Elementary School, Burlington

Virginia:  Providence Middle School, North Chesterfield

Washington:  Lynden Christian High School, Lynden

West Virginia:  Sherrard Middle School, Wheeling

Wisconsin:  St. Paul Lutheran School, Bonduel

Wyoming:  Valley Elementary School, Cody*

*GACR National Champion Recycling Champion

Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI)
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. Our members are committed to providing safe, nutritious and refreshing canned food and beverages to consumers. 

SOURCE Can Manufacturers Institute