U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Squadron Wins Can Manufacturers Institute's Recycling Contest

   U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Squadron Wins Can Manufacturers Institute's
                              Recycling Contest

First Inaugural Cadet Contest Collects 24,310 Cans

PR Newswire

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 22, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The United States Air
Force Academy Cadet Squadron 09 won the inaugural Great American Can Roundup
(GACR) contest by recycling a total of 4,166 beverage cans. Sponsored by the
Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the GACR creates awareness of the
environmental benefits of recycling cans.

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A representative from Ball Corporation, one of the largest manufacturers of
aluminum beverage cans in North America, presented the Academy Challenge
Perpetual Trophy, along with a $1,500 check, to the winning squadron at the
Air Force Academy's headquarters in Colorado Springs.

With more than 24,310 cans recycled and nearly half of the squadrons
participating, the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Squadron Roundup ran from
November 15 (America Recycles Day) through April 22 (Earth Day).
Participation was open to its 1,700 cadets who organized the collection and
recycling of 5,000 cans within the final two weeks before Earth Day.

The Great American Squadron Can Roundup Challenge is part of a larger CMI
initiative to promote and engage community recycling involvement, sponsor
recycling events, and distribute educational materials regarding the
importance of environmental stewardship.

In addition to the first place squadron prize, Ball Corporation, on behalf of
CMI, awarded $1,000 to the second place recyclers, U.S. Air Force Cadet
Squadron 06.

"CMI is thrilled by the success of the first service academy recycling
competition," said CMI President Robert Budway. "Unlike most other packages,
the aluminum can is endlessly recyclable and is composed of a high amount of
recycled material. A used can is able to be recycled and made into a new can
in as little as 60 days. This closed-loop recycling process has been
exceptionally beneficial in minimizing the amount of materials going into a
landfill resulting in the can being the most sustainable packaging solution."

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

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

Website: http://www.cancentral.com
Contact: Sherrie Rosenblatt, Jenny Day, Phone: 202-232-4677, E-mail:
srosenblatt@cancentral.com, jday@cancentral.com
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