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Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County Collecting Aluminum Cans to Recycle for Good

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County Collecting Aluminum Cans to Recycle for Good


Aluminum is the most valuable material that goes into recycle bins, but too often it ends up in trash cans destined for a landfill.

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County is collecting aluminum cans to receive grant funding from Habitat for Humanity International and Novelis, a multinational producer of aluminum products and the largest recycler of aluminum cans.

For participating in the program, they will receive a $2,500 grant. If they collect enough aluminum to rank in the top 10 among Habitat for Humanity affiliates, they will receive additional grant funding to further Habitat’s mission in Effingham County.

In previous years, Habitat for Humanity affiliates have collected more than 1 million cans. On average, aluminum can be sold for 45 cents per pound, which can make a huge impact on any affiliate’s fundraising efforts.

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County President/CEO Jimmy Rutland encourages local businesses and places of worship to start their own aluminum can drives to add to Habitat’s total collections.

“We have several branded bins available at our office that you can use to recycle cans, but you can also collect cans at home,” Rutland says. “Every can counts toward our mission of bringing people together to build homes, community and hope.”

Cans should be dropped off at the bin outside the Habitat for Humanity offices and ReStore at 3605 Highway 21 S. in Rincon. All aluminum delivered there will be counted toward the Effingham County affiliate to receive the grant. The first round of collections runs through August, and a second round of collections will begin in September.

Current Project

Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County is currently building its 23rd home in Guyton. Since construction began in October 2022, they have poured the foundation, raised the walls and put up a roof and siding, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and donations from Bible Lutheran Church, First Baptist Church of Rincon, Interfor, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, G&M Mechanical and Kraft Haus Creators.

“We appreciate the support we have received from churches, local businesses and other community partners to give a hand up to a local family who will achieve their goal of home ownership with their help,” Rutland says. “We plan to complete the home later this year.”

Additional volunteers will be needed on the build site each Saturday starting June 3 from 8am - 3 pm. Volunteer opportunities are also available at the ReStore Wednesday-Saturday from 9am - 5pm

For more information and to sign up for volunteer shifts, visit  |  3605 Hwy. 21 E. Rincon