Montgomery wins 'Cans for Cash' Recycling Challenge

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The U.S. Conference of Mayors has announced that the City of Montgomery & Montgomery Clean City Commission have won the 2009 Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge.

Montgomery won the first place award for Most Innovative Idea for this aluminum can recycling event.

"I am so proud of what the Clean City Commission, under the leadership of Susan Carmichael, has accomplished with this effort," said Mayor Todd Strange. "They continue to find new opportunities for recycling and by receiving this national recognition, it shows that recycling is alive in the city of Montgomery."

Montgomery Clean City Commission (MCCC) partnered with MAX Credit Union and Mount Scrap Materials, Inc. to launch the kickoff for this challenge.

Director of Montgomery Clean City Commission Susan Carmichael is pleased with the support that this project received. "The Cans for Cash challenge not only raised awareness but also sparked an interest in aluminum can recycling for many Montgomery schools and businesses.  Through partnerships and a little ingenuity, we were able to make October a very successful month for aluminum can recycling in our city."

MCCC also sponsored the Cans for Cash School Recycling Challenge to promote environmental awareness among our city's youth. Ten local schools participated in the challenge. Southlawn Elementary won the contest, collecting 433 lbs. of aluminum cans, while Holy Cross Episcopal School came in second place, collecting 247 lbs. of aluminum cans.

MAX President and CEO Greg McClellan added, "We appreciate the City of Montgomery's efforts to encourage recycling in our community and for including MAX in its efforts.  Through our EcoMAX initiative, we look forward to additional partnership opportunities to further encourage recycling and other sustainable living practices.

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