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Habitat seeking aluminum can donations before Jan. 30 deadline

Habitat seeking aluminum can donations before Jan. 30 deadline

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The Novelis aluminum recycling challenge deadline is fast approaching for Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity.

The local Habitat affiliate is competing for a $5,000 Novelis grant and needs the public’s help. The Habitat affiliate that recycles the most pounds of aluminum cans from November 2020 through January 2021 will win the challenge and the grant. The recycling numbers are in for November and December with January’s numbers pending the public’s response.

In the last two months, 7,836 pounds have been recycled, with Jan. 30 to be the last day for recycling numbers to be counted. Every can counts.

Since 2001, Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity has been accepting donations of aluminum cans to raise money for home construction. During that time period, 800,000 pounds of aluminum cans have been recycled thanks to community recycling efforts.

Habitat drop-site partners have been crucial to the success of the program, including Bosselman’s Pump & Pantry locations across four counties, Grand Island Ace Hardware, Wood River United Methodist Church and Kramer’s Auto Parts & Iron in Grand Island.

Dana Jelinek, Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity executive director, said the unsung heroes of the program are the volunteers, known as the Can-Do-Team. These volunteers pick up from the affiliate’s 14 area drop-site locations and take cans in for processing.

Habitat will continue to accept aluminum can donations for recycling after the competition is over. But more volunteers are needed to help process the approximately 40,000 pounds of cans kept out of landfills every year.

For more information about the can recycling program or drop-site locations, contact the Habitat for Humanity office at 308-385-5510. A limited number of recycling bins for businesses are available.

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