The Aluminum Can Project

We collect aluminum waste in the community, sell it, and donate the profit to a shelter for victims of domestic violence.

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November 26, 2000

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(419) 908-2065 8955 Cedar Bend Rd Ohio: Sylvania (43560)

Date You Started Your Project Started


Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Women empowerment and sustainability and accountability for our waste. The focus is to encourage more recycling and simultaneously support endeavors that elevate women and let them restart their lives.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Our current approach has been contacting local businesses, schools, and friends and setting up collection bins. We then collect the waste, take it to the recycling center, and with the money we receive we give to the shelter.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

On a family trip to Barcelona, I noticed recycling bins on every corner of the streets in the metro. I realized that this was not the case where I lived. We lacked accessible recycling. Additionally, it is my life goal to help women excel. Ultimately, I figured, why not do both?

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

We have contacted local businesses, high schools, our Hindu Temple, and our own friends to get involved in the project. A huge contributor was Costco, as they helped us print posters to advertise and donated money for us to start the initiative.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Our project operates on a two-pronged benefit. We keep trash out of landfills and encourage sustainability and use this as a mechanism to support facilities hosting victims of domestic violence. We recognize that there are many organizations in our community that support women especially in a vulnerable time, so our goal is to further support this shelter rather than trying to create a new one.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Our project has set up several bins, acquired donations, and have spread awareness on the local T.V. station. Up to this date we have raised over $350 for the shelter.

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

The next step is to expand our impact. While we were able to support the shelter with money and pick up many bags full of cans, we feel we can do better. Despite aluminum cans being a more valued waste, they only generate about 10-20cents per pound. At this rate, it is challenging to make larger contributions as many cans need to be collected. Our next goal is to identify more products that need to be recycled more that may contribute a greater profit so that we can continue to support people. We additionally, want to involve more communities and add more people to our team so that we can create a greater change in the environment and in women’s lives.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Project Plan & Strategy

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Donations less than $100

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • Asian (for example: Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Pakistani) (9)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Religious minority (non-Christian)

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • T-Mobile page or contact


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Anika, I am so proud of you! I love to see women building up other women. You could also partner with any of those organizations you said were already established. This will build a sense of community on top of recycling and women empowerment!

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