3.7 million aluminum cans recycled in Lexington in October

This from Cheryl Taylor, Lexington’s Commissioner of Environmental Quality:

More than 3.7 million aluminum cans were collected in Fayette County during October’s Cans for Cash aluminum beverage can recycling contest. This number includes cans collected at the curb, cans dropped off at the city’s recycling center, and at other recycling centers.

This is the fourth year that Lexington has participated in the US Mayors’ Cans for Cash recycling contest. Lexington won the national contest for Most Innovative Ideas in 2006 and 2008 in the large city category and received a monetary prize for winning both years. Results of this year’s national contest will be announced in January, 2010.

Lexington’s efforts were coordinated by the Bluegrass Partnership for a Green Community, which is a partnership between the University of Kentucky, Fayette County Public Schools, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, and other community partners such as Bluegrass PRIDE, the Tracy Farmer Institute of Sustainability and the Environment and Wise Recycling.

In addition to the public, 20 Fayette County schools — both public and private — participated in the contest. Altogether, the schools recycled more than 157,000 cans, some 40,000 more cans than last year.

Wise Recycling, Baker Iron and Metal, Gordon Scrap and Iron, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government contributed monetary prizes to the nine local schools that collected and recycled the highest number of cans per student in their respective size category.

Schools were also paid — by the pound — for the cans they recycled through Wise Recycling, Baker Iron and Metal, and Gordon Scrap and Iron.

Schools earning certificates and prize amounts won are:

Ashland Elementary School ($1250)
Picadome Elementary School ($1250)
Montessori Middle School ($1250)
Cardinal Valley Elementary School ($1,000)
Dixie Elementary School ($1,000)
Lexington Day Treatment Center ($1,000)
Christ the King School ($750)
Lexington Universal Academy ($750)
Veteran’s Park Elementary School ($750)

Schools earning certificates are:

Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School
Booker T Washington School Academy
Cassidy Elementary School
Henry Clay High School
Jessie Clark Middle School
Lafayette High School
Mill Creek Elementary School
The Learning Center (TLC)
Lexington Christian Academy Junior High
Providence Montessori School
Sayre School