Lexington Sets New Record For Recycling

May 15, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The City of Lexington has yet another record-breaking performance to celebrate.  Final figures are in from the annual Cans For Cash Recycling Challenge.

This year more than 10.6 million aluminum soda cans were collected between March 4th and March 31st.  That represents an increase of more than 6.8 million the previous year, according to Jada Griggs, a city environmental initiatives specialist.

“Our whole premise was Lexington, we’re number one…our Kentucky Wildcats Basketball team was number one at that time, so our platform was can we be number one in a different competition?”

It was Lexington’s best showing since joining the national competition in 2006.

Griggs believes the results send a positive message for Kentucky's second largest city.

“It says that they’re serious about recycling.  I believe that it’s important and there’s a lot of work going on in the community to help with those efforts.”

Overall winners will be announced next month.  If the city finishes in the top three, it’ll win a $25,000 cash prize from the U-S Conference of Mayors and the Novelis Corporation.