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  • Spread the Word About Your Recycling Event – Let your school community know you are hosting a CAN DRIVE! Generating community awareness and interest is the key to collecting more cans.
    • Send letters home with students.
    • Promote on your Social Media and Website.
    • Create Signage that Builds Awareness and a barometer posters that show how far the school is from its recycling goal.
  • Identify a location and containers in your school where cans can be stored. Does a parent own a trailer that can be parked in the back of the school? Do you have a storeroom that could handle some big bags of cans for a week or two until they can be taken to ERM?

  • Recruit Parents or Teachers to take the cans to ERM. EMR Recycling Mid City (2525 Lafitte Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70119). During February 10-25, CMI will match the market rate that EMR pays for used beverage cans brought to EMR.


  • Generate excitement. Promote competitions between classes over who can collect the most to generate excitement. Remind students of the CAN DRIVE at lunches and assemblies. Teachers can build excitement in the classroom by reading, “The Girl Who Recycled One Million Cans” to the classroom.

  • Celebrate! Announce the success and good work of the school so you can build on that success for next year.