Recycle 50 Cans & You Can Score $5,000

Fun Fact Not So Fun Fact: Enough aluminum is thrown away every year to rebuild the American commercial air fleet four times. There is some good news. Aluminum is so durable, you can recycle it over and over and over. Recyclers can even turn an old can into a new can in only 60 days! If that doesn't define holiday magic, I don't know what does.

It's safe to say that the planet needs our help. And after all, it's done a lot for us over the years, am I right? With the season of giving in full swing, let's give back to someone who has always had our backs: Mother Nature.

This year, DoSomething is making that the easiest gift on your list through their 50 Cans campaign. There's a ton of holiday parties this time of year, from dinner parties with family friends to Secret Santa parties with your girlfriends to ugly sweater parties. Next time you see a heaping pile of cans at one of these shindigs, toss them right into the recycling bin. Those cans will be melted down and reused again and again, and Mother Nature will thank you for it.

Plus, if you take them to a recycling center, you can actually earn some extra cash for each can you collect, just in time for holidays. But how much will that actually get you, you ask?

  • If you recycle just 2 cans you can save enough energy to watch Elf, Love Actually and The Holiday.
  • If you recycle 700 cans you can save enough energy to take a 5 hour road trip to visit your favorite relatives.

  • If you recycle just 1 can you can save enough energy to listen an entire Lady Gaga Christmas album (or any holiday album) on an iPod.

  • Recycling 100 cans could light your Christmas tree for two whole weeks.

  • If you recycle 920 cans you could fly from New York to Mexico for a New Year’s bash.


And if you think all of that isn't enticing enough, check this out: Join DoSomething's 50 Cans campaign and collect and recycle at least 50 cans from now until December 31, 2015 and you'll be in the running to win a $5,000 scholarship. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!