CHICAGO, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As one of the largest beverage can makers in the world, Rexam is committed to supporting recycling in all the communities it does business in.
The Rexam Chicago office recently hosted its second annual "Cans for Cash" recycling event to promote recycling and raise money for charity. Rexam partnered with United Scrap Metal, a local recycler, and was supported by other key partners including Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc., Novelis and Alcoa.
More than 1,650 pounds of aluminum cans were collected at the weekend event which also raised more than $1,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicago and Northwest Indiana.The aluminum can is the most recycled beverage package in the world, and events like these are aimed at increasing the recycling rate and highlighting the sustainability benefits of the aluminum beverage can. In 2011, the U.S. recycling rate for aluminum beverage containers jumped seven percentage points to 65.1 percent, the highest level in 14 years. "Everyone came together to set a positive example for our community," said Rich Grimley, president and CEO, Rexam Beverage Can North America. "We are showing that the beverage can is the best environmental and sustainability option in the beverage industry. Thanks to our employees, our supplier partners and people from the community, we were able to more than double our results from last year. We will continue to drive recycling efforts through community events like this one, demonstrating the easy connection between beverage cans, recycling and charity." About Rexam Rexam is a leading global consumer packaging company. We are one of the leading global beverage can makers and a major global player in rigid plastic packaging. We are business partners to some of the world's most famous and successful consumer brands. Our vision is to be the best global consumer packaging company. Rexam's sales from ongoing operations in 2011 were in the region of £4.7 billion. We have more than 80 plants in 25 countries and employ close to 19,000 people. Rexam is a member of the FTSE 100 and its ordinary shares are listed with the UK Listing Authority and trade on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol REX. For further information, visit www.rexam.com. SOURCE Rexam