'Cans for Pets' Boosts Recycling, Helps Shelters

Jan 12, 2015

The Animal Rescue League Shelter and Wildlife Center's Dan Rossi says people are recycling their cat food cans through the shelter, though they normally wouldn't, because it benefits the animals.
Credit Kara Holsopple / The Allegheny Front

Recycling just one aluminum can save enough energy to run a television for three hours. But some segments of the population—like pet owners—apparently haven’t heard that message. Aluminum pet food cans are one of the least recycled household items.

Margaret Corrado is an exception to that rule. At a pet store south of Pittsburgh, she dumps about 40 little empty cat food cans from a plastic grocery bag into a blue recycling bin.

Corrado’s cat Harley eats about a can of food a day. Corrado says normally she’d recycle them, but instead she brought them to the lobby of the pet store because it’s a drop off site for a program called Cans for Pets. The Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center, a local shelter, will get 5 cents for each can.

Read more of this report at the website of our partner The Allegheny Front.