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Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl announced that April is “Evanston CAN Recycle!” month. For the sixth year in a row, the City of Evanston is participating in the Cans for Cash City Recycling Challenge. Evanston residents and businesses are being asked to recycle as many aluminum beverage cans as possible during the entire month of April 2012.

The contest, which is sponsored by The United States Conference of Mayors, Novelis Corporation and Keep America Beautiful, Inc., challenges cities across the country to collect recyclable aluminum beverage cans. The challenge lasts for four weeks, officially starting on Monday, April 2 and ending on Monday, April 30.

The City hopes to collect the most recyclable aluminum beverage cans in the nation. The City of Evanston will be competing with other cities for up to $25,000 in awards, which are to be used to support recycling efforts through local education and awareness programs.

Evanston community members do not need to do anything extraordinary. They simply need to make certain that all of their aluminum cans are placed in recycling containers throughout April. Streets & Sanitation employees will collect the cans as a normal part of the recycling collection and take the materials to Groot, which will sort and weigh the aluminum cans. For more information about the challenge, please visit or call 3-1-1.