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MEDIA ALERT: Can’d Aid and Ball Corporation Clean Up Mississippi River on 10/6

Nonprofit Can’d Aid and Ball Corporation are coordinating a volunteer-led cleanup and beautification project of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday, Oct. 6.

This is the latest event hosted by Can’d Aid and Ball Corporation, who have an ongoing partnership called the Crush It Crusade that empowers people to recycle and opt out of single-use plastics. With National Recycling Day coming up on Nov. 15, this cleanup is an important step in raising awareness about sustainability in St. Paul.


Did you know?

  • Aluminum is infinitely recyclable, meaning an aluminum can or cup can be remade into a can or cup an infinite amount of times

  • Once recycled, aluminum cans, cups and bottles can be back on the shelf in 60 days

  • Americans throw out $1 billion worth of aluminum each year

  • The energy saved from recycling one aluminum cup could power your TV for 3 hours

  • Since plastic recycling was invented in the 1970s, only 9 percent has ever been successfully recycled

Through Can’d Aid’s “Crush It Crusade”, 24,450 lbs of trash have been diverted from landfills and 2,508 lbs of aluminum have been recycled, the equivalent of 77 thousand aluminum cans. Individuals nationwide can sign the pledge to opt out of single-use plastic, recycle, and reach for infinitely recyclable aluminum alternatives when available online.

MEDIA OPP: We’d love to invite you to capture the community event, from 4-5:30 pm. Please let us know if you are available to join us.

WHAT: Nonprofit Can’d Aid is partnering with Ball Corporation to clean up and beautify the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minn. on Thursday, Oct. 6.

WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 4-5:30 pm

WHERE: Lower Landing Park (200 Warner Rd, St Paul, MN 55106)

MEDIA OPP: Media are invited to attend the cleanup. Representatives from the hosting organization, Can'd Aid, and partner, Ball Corporation, will be available for interviews.

WHY: “Since plastic recycling was invented in the 1970s, only 9 percent has ever been successfully recycled,” says Sarah Leavitt, VP of Strategy + Impact at Can’d Aid. Through a variety of sustainability- and community-focused programs, Can’d Aid works to empower individuals to become a catalyst for change in their communities and combat the growing issue of single-use plastics and polluted waterways.

Can'd Aid's multi-pronged programming educates, empowers, and facilitates cleanups and recycling and sustainability efforts nationwide. To donate, join the do-goodery, or find out more, please visit


About Can’d Aid

Can’d Aid is a nationally recognized nonprofit that rallies volunteers from all walks of life to build thriving communities. Through their unique integrated approach, they distribute water, increase access and opportunities for underserved youth to experience music, arts and the outdoors; and protect and restore the environment. Since inception in 2013, more than 3 million cans of water have been distributed, over 13,000 skateboards and bikes have been built for underprivileged youth, more than 3,000 instruments have been donated and the equivalent of 73 million aluminum cans have been recycled. To donate, volunteer or learn more, please visit


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