GACR Industry Challenge

  • Now in its 12th year, the GACR Industry Challenge is a friendly competition among aluminum beverage can makers and their suppliers to see which facility can collect and recycle the most aluminum beverage cans in a given time period.
  • Facilities from across the nation team up with local charities to help the environment, conserve energy and valuable resources, and contribute to worthwhile causes.
  • The winner of the Industry Challenge is determined by the number of aluminum cans a facility recycles per capita (employee).
  • Last year, 51 facilities and more than 10,000 employees participated in the GACR Industry Challenge, working to improve their communities and ignite the recycling spirit. Participants recycled more than 2.7 million aluminum cans and raised $180,000 for charity.
  • Since the inception of the GACR Industry Challenge, participating facilities have recycled 6.8 million pounds of aluminum cans and raised $4.8 million for charity or local causes.

America Recycles Day – Winners Announced

  • America Recycles Day (ARD), November 15, is the day that CMI announces the winners of the GACR Industry Challenge. This day, created by President Bill Clinton in 1997, is also marked by a Presidential Proclamation celebrating the importance of recycling and rallying citizens to participate.
  • ARD is an opportunity for the can-making industry to come together and shine a spotlight on our efforts to be great environmental stewards by recycling the same product we produce, educating and encouraging Americans to recycle, and returning the proceeds raised through recycling back to our communities.
  • Our efforts can and do make a difference! Thirty-seven years ago, only one community in the United States had a curbside recycling program; today, more than 9,700 communities do.

Aluminum Can Recycling

  • With a recycling rate of 67 percent, aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage container in the United States.
  • Once an aluminum beverage can is recycled, it can be turned into a new can and be back on a store shelf in as few as 60 days.
  • Since recycling aluminum takes just 8% of the energy necessary to produce new aluminum, energy saved by recycling beverage cans is enough to fuel more than 1 million cars on the road for a full year.