June 5, 2006

Alcan awards $60K to top three beverage can recyclers to build Habitat for Humanity homes

MONTREAL, QUE-Through its Alcan Builds on Recycling program, Alcan has awarded $60,000 (Cdn) has been awarded to each of the top three recyclers of used aluminum beverage cans (UBCs) in Canada to fund the construction of a new Habitat for Humanity home in their communities. The Sunshine Coast (BC), Toronto, and Kingston and Frontenac (Ontario) affiliates of Habitat for Humanity Canada (HHC) collected a combined total of almost 800,000 UBCs for the 2006 program. The Alcan Builds on Recycling program began in 2004 as part of Alcan's sustainability-based community investment program. The program provides two levels of incentives for Habitat for Humanity affiliates to recycle UBCs. The first level provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants, to a maximum of $2,500 (Cdn) per year, to the affiliates who earn the highest cash value by recycling UBCs. The second level awards a fully-funded house to each of the three most successful recyclers - two on the basis of total cans collected, the third on the basis of total cans collected per capita in the affiliate's geographical region. For the second year in a row, Habitat for Humanity Sunshine Coast in Sechelt, BC was the top per-capita recycling affiliate. In Ontario, the Toronto and Kingston and Frontenac HHC affiliates collected a total of more than 650,000 cans. Since launching the Alcan Builds on Recycling program, the company has donated $351,482 (Cdn) to HHC. The program has fully funded five new houses, donated a total of $33,540 (Cdn) to affiliates in recovered value for aluminum cans and awarded close to $18,000 (Cdn) in Alcan matching grants to participating HHC affiliates.

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