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The Great American Can RoundUp resulted in over 163,200 cans recycled

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy claimed top honors in the Great American Can RoundUp’s (GACR) first Commander-in-Chief’s Challenge by recycling more than 89,000 beverage cans, equating to almost a pound per cadet or more than 2,560 pounds of total cans recycled. U.S. Military Academy Company C3, 3rd Regiment recycled nearly 11,790 aluminum cans, putting them in first place for the individual company competition.

Sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the GACR spreads awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling aluminum cans. This first Commander-in-Chief’s Challenge, provided an environment that fostered healthy competition and educational opportunities for both the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Military Academy. The challenge ran from November 15, 2013, through March 15, 2014 and with more than 163,200 cans recycled overall, both academies fully embraced the recycling competition.

As the top per capita aluminum can recycling winner of the inter-academy challenge, the Coast Guard Academy distinguishes itself with an engraved plate on the Commander-in-Chief’s Perpetual Trophy, as well as $3,000 for future academy activities. Of the eight companies within the academy, the Echo Company received $500 for collecting the most cans, recycling 3,254 cans, which equates to 94 pounds. Accepting the award were Cadets Allyson Roesch and Kimberlee Capp.

Nearly 74,200 cans were collected and recycled by the U.S. Military Academy during this challenge, which equates to more than 2,100 pounds recycled by all 36 companies within the academy.

Company C3, 3rd Regiment received $500 for taking first place against all 44 competing companies. Cadet McKenzie Hudgins, C1C, accepted the check for the academy.

Published in the June 2014 Edition of American Recycler News