Let the world know you are participating in the Great American Can Roundup! Generating community awareness and interest is the key to collecting more cans.
Handy Promotional Tools
Generate Press Coverage
Press coverage is valuable free publicity! Contact your local media—newspapers, radio and television:
- Ask who covers news about community projects like yours or to whom you should address press releases.
- Prepare a press release. (Use our Sample Press Release as a starting point)
- Send high-resolution photos with your press release, along with the names of anyone pictured. (Make sure you have their permission first)
- Write a Letter to the Editor.
Use Social Media
- Create a Facebook page and Twitter account.
- Designate a social media guru to update your Facebook page and tweet on a regular basis.
- Designate an official photographer to take pictures and post to Facebook.
- Ask family and friends to Like and re-post or re-tweet announcements.
- Post or tweet @AltheCan.
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Create Signage that Builds Awareness
Engage your scout artists and writers to create:
- Barometer posters that show how far the unit/troop is from its recycling goal
- A giant sign that uses cans to spell out “RECYCLING”
- Displays for carnivals, fairs and other local events
- An Environmental Wish Bank shaped like an aluminum can
Engage the Community
Think big – dream of something special for your community i.e. refurbished antique fire truck, high school stadium bleachers, skateboard park, an outdoor summer-in-the-parks movie night screen and projector, a soccer field makeover, recycling bins to make community recycling easier. Rally your community under the GACR and turn cans into cash.
- Initiate or participate in celebrations for America Recycles Day, Earth Day/Week or World Recycling Day.
- Send letters to public officials to request their appearance at or participation in special events you have planned.
- Reach out to your local recycling coordinator on events or special activities in your town where your unit can volunteer to recycle.
Environmental Wish Aluminum Can Bank
Make a can-shaped “bank” out of paper mach, cardboard, duct tape…anything goes! The bank should include a slot where community members can deposit wishes on slips of paper.
- Scouts can set up this “bank” on a card table in high-traffic spots in the community, such as supermarket entrances, or at community events.
- Supply a pen and slips of paper stating “My environmental wish is…”
- Community members fill in the blank with their wish and deposit it in the can bank.
- Use these wishes as compelling content for press releases, social media posts or letters to elected officials!
Environmental Pledge Certificates
The Great American Can Roundup offers certificates for you to award to people who support or help your campaign.
- To request certificates that you can personalize for your group, contact Jenny Day at 202.232.4677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ask people to pledge to “Make Every Day Earth Day” by incorporating the three R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) into their lives.
- Award people who provide environmental education, environmental action and public service.