"Since we started, we've recycled over 22 million, and we've raised over $500,000. So the little cans you have, plus the little cans from somebody else, do make a difference."
It might just be garbage to some people, but this month, one group says it's important to donate those aluminum cans instead.
And Habitat for Humanity's "Can Jam" is making it easier for communities to do their part.
Executive Director of the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity, Dana Jelinek says, "Can Jam helps to generate more aluminum can donations. In April, we usually have our biggest boost of aluminum cans and that's in celebration of Earth Day. Throughout the year we recycle approximately $30,000 worth of cans and in the month of April, it's usually over $4,000 worth."
Your one can could turn into a home for a family in need.
Megan Cure, Volunteer Coordinator for the Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity, says, "I believe that it is important for the community of Grand Island to recycle their aluminum cans for Habitat for Humanity because we have built dozens of homes from the proceeds of the aluminum can recycling program throughout the years. It's a way for people to learn a little bit more about what recycling can do and about how recycling their aluminum cans can be a benefit to Habitat for Humanity."
And if you think your contribution won't help and that you can't make a difference, Habitat for Humanity assures you that they will, and you...can!
"We would just like to remind people," Jelinek says, "that the Can Jam is a great opportunity to start recycling, but you can recycle for Habitat all through the year. Since we started, we've recycled over 22 million aluminum cans, and we've raised over $500,000. So the little cans you have, plus the little cans from somebody else, do make a difference."
The list of Grand Island Elementary schools accepting recycled cans include Dodge, Engleman, Gates, Grand Island Christian, Howard, Jefferson, Knickrehm, Lincoln, Newell, Seedling Mile, Shoemaker, Starr, Stolley Park, Trinity Lutheran, Wasmer and West Lawn.