Amount Recycled: 3,507 pounds of aluminum beverage cans
Prize Money Awarded: $3,000

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) won the Great American Can Roundup’s (GACR) Commander-in-Chief’s Challenge for recycling more cans per cadet than any other Service Academy. Their 4,117 cadets recycled total of 3,507 pounds of cans.  The academy receives a $3,000 that will be used for their Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs.

Sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), the GACR spreads awareness of the environmental benefits of recycling aluminum cans. This year’s challenge had 100% participation from all four service academies. In 10 weeks, more than 9,400 pounds of aluminum beverage cans were recycled.

All other four service academies did a respectable job recycling aluminum cans. The United States Military Academy had 4,240 cadets recycling 2,657 pounds of cans (average .63 per cadet).   The United States Naval Academy had 4,496 midshipman recycling 2,780 (96 midshipmen participating, which is (.62 per midshipmen). The Coast Guard had 978 cadets recycling 497 pounds of cans (average 51 per cadet).

In addition to the overall winner, CMI also rewards the highest recycling company or squadron at each Academy. This year, the Naval Academy’s 5th Company recycled the most at the Naval Academy and far more than any other company or squadron across all of the academies. The Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon was hosted by Mr. Karnig Ohannessian, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment and attended by Ms. Maureen Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health) – Office of the Secretary of Defense. Robert Budway, President – CMI, presented the winning company with a plaque, along with $500 for their Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs.