2011-11-03 / Local & State

Environmental Club Asking For Help Collecting Aluminum Cans

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Pictured above are FCCCS Environmental Club members Jenae Gordon, Morgan Daniels, Rachel Weibley, Nathan Leedy, Ryan Mellott, Caleb Gingerich and Skyler Gordon with aluminum cans they are collecting as part of the Great American Can Roundup Pictured above are FCCCS Environmental Club members Jenae Gordon, Morgan Daniels, Rachel Weibley, Nathan Leedy, Ryan Mellott, Caleb Gingerich and Skyler Gordon with aluminum cans they are collecting as part of the Great American Can Roundup The FCCCS Environmental Club is asking for help in collecting aluminum cans for recycling instead of disposing them in a landfill, or worse, as roadside litter.

FCCCS students have joined in the Second Annual Great American Can Roundup, a national recycling competition, and will be collecting aluminum cans and reporting pounds collected until Earth Day, April 22, 2012. Last year FCCCS students collected 96 pounds of cans, which was good for our small school considering it takes 34.35 cans to make one pound.

Did you know?

Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy used to make aluminum cans from virgin ore.

Used aluminum cans are recycled and returned to a store shelf as a new can in as few as 60 days. That means a consumer could purchase basically the same recycled aluminum can from a retailer’s shelf nearly every nine weeks or six times a year.

For each pound of aluminum recovered, Americans save the energy resources needed to generate about 7.5 kilowatthours of electricity. That’s enough energy saved each year by recycling aluminum to meet the lighting needs of a city the size of Pittsburgh for six years.

Using recycled aluminum beverage cans to produce new cans allows the aluminum can industry to make up to 20 times more cans for the same amount of energy.

The average employee consumes 2.5 cans of soda each day at work.

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.

Approximately 105,500 cans are recycled every minute nationwide.

The Environmental Club invites the community to help its efforts in reducing and eliminating aluminum cans from the waste stream through recycling. Cans may be dropped off at the school, or you may call the school at 717-573-4400 to make arrangements for pickup.

In addition to collecting cans, FCCCS is also participating in the state Greensylvania Recycling competition for Pennsylvania schools. Last year FCCCS placed 10th in the competition. In this competition, paper and books must be generated and collected within the school, and serves as a tool to educate and encourage students to develop the habit of recycling that hopefully will become a lifetime habit.

FCCCS is committed to recycling all recyclables by depositing all waste paper, cardboard, bottles, etc., in local county recycling bins instead of sending them to the local landfill. The Environmental Club encourages the public to do the same to reduce the amount of refuse going to the landfill. Again, drop off your cans at the school or call if we need to make arrangements for pickup.

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