Foil for Snappy wins Every Can Counts Green Can Award

Foil for Snappy based in York have received a national recycling award for their outstanding work in recycling drink cans and other aluminium packaging.

Foil for Snappy was created by Karen Nash in December 2012 to help raise funds for The Snappy Trust.  The Snappy Trust, formerly known as Snappy (Special Needs Activities and Play Provision for York), is a registered charity supporting children and young people with wide ranging disabilities, from across the York area and was originally set up back in 1985.

The Every Can Counts Green Can Award has been awarded to Karen Nash and her Foil for Snappy project in recognition of her hard work and dedication to the initiative.  The project collects drink cans, foil and household cables for recycling.  The material is sold to L. Clancey & Sons – an aluminium recycling centre based on the outskirts of York in Murton.  Since its establishment Foil for Snappy has recycled over 7 tonnes of aluminium material, raising £5000 for The Snappy Trust.

The Foil for Snappy project has gone from strength to strength over the years and now operates over 50 collection points across York in a variety of locations, including supermarket car parks, community buildings and local businesses.

Presenting the award, Chris Latham-Warde, Programme Manager for Every Can Counts, said “Karen has achieved brilliant results since starting Foil for Snappy.  Thanks to Karen, York residents have the opportunity to support an important local charity whilst also doing the right thing for the environment by recycling their drink cans and other aluminium packaging.  The project’s work is of benefit to both the local community and the wider environment, so it’s a privilege to present Karen with this Green Can Award.”

Karen Nash, the Project Leader for Foil for Snappy, said “The Snappy Trust supports over 300 children with additional needs including my own son.  By recycling what others throw away we are fundraising for them and saving the planet at the same time which is very satisfying.  I never imagined that asking friends of Snappy to collect a few Christmas drink cans and mince pie cases to raise a little bit of extra money could become a city-wide aluminium recycling collection.  I am very proud of what we have achieved and to receive this national award in recognition of our hard work is very special.”

Anne Stamp, Service Manager at The Snappy Trust said “We are incredibly grateful for the Foil for Snappy project.  Not only has it raised awareness for The Snappy Trust but also for the environment, so much so that even the young people who attend Snappy have become more responsible with their cans.”

Eco-Workshop celebrate winning a Green Can Award

Eco-Workshop (based in Clifford Chambers, Stratford upon Avon) have received a national recycling award for their outstanding work in recycling drink cans and raising funds for charity.

The Every Can Counts – Green Can Award has been awarded to Eco-Workshop who are a local social enterprise that was set up 5 years ago to provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autism. Attending ECO (enterprise, community, opportunity) Workshop gives varied, purposeful work and meaning to the participants, enabling them to become part of the local work community.

The material recycled over the last three years has amounted to 370kg of aluminium (26,270 cans crushed so far) and continues to grow and grow.

Eco-Workshop has gathered a lot of local support and customers from a variety of sources including supermarkets, community collection points and local businesses.

Presenting the award Kate Cole Programme Manager for Every Can Counts says “It is an honour to present a Green Can Award to Eco-Workshop. This is a fantastic example of how collecting and recycling drinks cans and other metal packaging not only generates much needed funds it also makes a significant contribution to the environment”.

Catherine Adams, Director – Eco-Workshop says “Collecting, sorting and crushing used drinks cans has and continues to be a very popular work activity for the team and our local community. We have enjoyed working with Every Can Counts who gave us very helpful initial guidance and continue to give us ongoing support. We are so proud that since 2015, 370kg of cans have been collected and taken to our local metal merchants for recycling, which equates to 26,270 cans crushed so far!”

Every Can Counts is a free to use recycling initiative that aims to increase the number of drinks cans recycled, whether at work or while out and about. The programme aims to increase the number of drinks cans recycled, whether at work or whilst out and about, by providing practical advice and support, including free communication materials and help with finding a recycling collection partner.

Every Can Counts continue partnering Drops Cycling team

Drops Cycling Team announce Alupro and its Every Can Counts programme will continue as a lead sponsorship partner in 2019.

The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) is continuing to sponsor the Drops Cycling Team into 2019 as part of its work to encourage everyone to recycle more of the aluminium packaging they use at work, at home and on the go. The sponsorship will continue to focus on the Every Can Counts programme, which helps people to recycle drinks cans used outside the home. Extra funding and support has also been provided by European Aluminium for the 2019 season.

Formed in 2016, The Drops Cycling Team is a member of UCI, the world governing body for competitive cycling. The team includes 10 riders from Great Britain and across the world.

During the 2019 season the team will be helping to raise awareness of the Every Can Counts programme at races around the UK, including the Tour de Yorkshire, OVO Energy Women’s Tour and Ride London.

Drops Director, Tom Varney says: “We’re delighted to have the support from Alupro for the third year running. The Every Can Counts initiative, and recycling in general, has many synergies with cycling and we’re excited to continue promoting and educating people about the huge benefits of recycling aluminium packaging.”

Alupro Executive Director, Rick Hindley says: “The continued partnership with Drops gives us a great opportunity to keep on reaching out to a large, and growing, audience of people who, because of their enthusiasm for cycling, also care about the environment. The profile of this young, ambitious and enthusiastic team of athletes complements the brand values of Every Can Counts; we’ll be working closely with the team to promote our message throughout the season and urging their followers to make their cans count”

Every Can Counts is supported by drink can manufacturers, recyclers and leading brands to encourage drinks can recycling. The programme looks to encourage the recycling of drink cans in all environments – workplaces, universities and colleges, events, festivals, simply on the go or when watching a cycling race!

Every Can Counts release exclusive Trek-Drops can at Tour de France 2018

Every Can Counts, the drink can recycling campaign, has created an exclusive Trek-Drops drink can in partnership with the professional women’s cycling team.

The limited edition team-branded drinks can were first made available in the Fan Zone at La Course by Le Tour de France, on Tuesday, 17 July 2018.

The Trek-Drops can’s eye-catching design is sure to attract the attention of cycling fans; not only are the cans a collectors’ item, they are filled with mineral water to help quench the thirst of spectators and Trek-Drops riders at cycling events.

With 47% of cans being drunk ‘on the go’ and outside of the home, it’s a great opportunity for cycling spectators to select environmentally friendly packaging when choosing a drink this summer.

Rick Hindley, Executive Director of the UK Every Can Counts programme, said: “It’s important that we help people in making informed choices when it comes to buying a packaged product. Cans are endlessly recyclable – if it is disposed of in the right bin that can will be recycled and made into a new can in just 60 days. So, if you get your hands on a Trek-Drops can, you will be helping to raise awareness of the team and women’s cycling by way of an endlessly recyclable product.”

Tom Varney, Team Director at Trek-Drops, is looking forward to showcasing the cans and he said: ““We’re delighted with our partnership with Every Can Counts and this initiative is just another sign of the enthusiasm that they place into our project. The cans will give us another way to engage directly with fans and spread the message of the importance of recycling their cans and their choices of packaging when they are in retail environments. As a team we’re looking forward to using the cans and it allows us to reduce the amount of plastic that we use when on the go.”

Every Can Counts, alongside its French counterpart ‘Chaque Canette Compte’, will be encouraging people to cycle and recycle at La Course by Le Tour de France by taking part in their unique ‘Recycling Game’. Families and friends can race against each other whilst learning about the unique recycling process – and then treated with a refreshing Trek-Drops drink when they finish.

Camille Roux, ASO, said: “ASO has been working in partnership with Chaque Canette Compte (Every Can Counts) for many years to improve recycling awareness around the Tour de France race route. ASO congratulates Chaque Canette Compte for its involvement in cycling activities – which includes being a lead sponsor for the professional female team Trek-Drops who will be racing La Course by Le Tour de France. Their involvement provides us with a new way to raise visitor awareness.”

The Every Can Counts team will also be at other events throughout the summer where visitors will be able to get their hands on the limited edition drink cans. Please keep an eye out on our website and social media channels for future events.

There will be further chances to win the limited edition product on the Every Can Counts social media channels. Competition details will be announced shortly.

Every Can Counts, which is funded by the European drinks can industry, is the lead sponsor for the Trek-Drops professional women’s team for the second consecutive season.

Every Can Counts receives OVO Energy Women’s Tour and OVO Energy Tour Series recycling partnership title

Drink can recycling campaign, Every Can Counts has today announced that it is the 2018 Recycling Partner for both the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and the OVO Energy Tour Series events.

The campaign, run by Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), is committed to encouraging those who participate in competitive and recreational cycling in the UK and Europe, to recycle their drinks cans when they are out and about. It is working with SweetSpot Group, the organisation behind both the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and OVO Energy Tour Series, to help provide its audience with an environmentally friendly outlook.

With 47% of cans being drunk ‘on the go’ and outside of the home; both the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and OVO Energy Tour Series events provide an opportunity for the recycling campaign to encourage and educate the general public, cyclists and cycling fans, on re-cycling their aluminium goods.
Rick Hindley, Executive Director of Alupro, said: “We are increasingly aware that recycling packaging is something simple we can all do to help protect the Environment Collectively the women’s stage race and the event series attracted over half a million visitors in 2017 and with higher audience figures expected this year; it gives us a great platform to shout about the benefits of recycling aluminium packaging and the Every Can Counts programme.

“If every person that attended these events last year, recycled just one aluminium can, then that would see a reduction of 72 tonnes in CO2 which is the equivalent to a car driving 347,618 kilometres. To put that into perspective – that’s like driving the total distance of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour (678km over five stages) 513 times over.

“As cycling fans, we are delighted to be involved with such globally recognised sporting events and look forward to working alongside the SweetSpot Group whilst watching the racing unfold throughout the summer months.”

Heath Harvey, CEO of SweetSpot, added: “The environmental benefits of both cycling and recycling need little explanation, so it makes perfect sense for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and OVO Energy Tour Series to partner with Every Can Counts.

“We’re looking forward to working with Every Can Counts to promote the invaluable messages of their campaign; we hope that our enthusiastic racegoers will embrace their collective aims and do their bit to help the environment.”

In addition to branding and drinks cans recycling point set-ups at each stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and the OVO Energy Tour Series – the Every Can Counts team will be attending the following events with their Recycle Race Game (

15th June – OVO Energy Women’s Tour Finish Stage 3 (Royal Leamington Spa)
16th June – OVO Energy Women’s Tour Finish Stage 4 (Worcester)

May 10th – Tour Series Round 1 (Redditch)
May 26th – Tour Series Round 5 (Aberystwyth)
May 28th – Tour Series Round 6 (Stevenage)
May 29th – Tour Series Round 7 (Wembley Park)

The campaign is also supporting the Trek-Drops professional cycling team for the coming year and there will be opportunities to meet the team and win a number of prizes at the Every Can Counts stand at the above events.