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December 2011 - Collect-a-Can makes it into the Guinness World RecordsTM book again

Collect-a-Can is delighted to announce that they will once again be featured in the Guinness World RecordsTM Book after breaking the record for “collecting the most steel cans in a single month” in October 2011. This will be the fourth time that the organisation has broken this record since they first set it in 2007. This year they have exceeded themselves by recovering a staggering 4 586 656 cans in the month of October, nearly double last year’s collection figure of 2 656 286 cans.

This increased figure could be attributed to Collect-a-Can now actively recovering food, paint and aerosol cans over and above the beverage cans that have previously been their main focus, as well as to the assistance given to them by schools and charity institutions that are incentivised to help bring in a bumper number of cans in October through Collect-a-Cans Guinness World RecordsTM Competition.

“We are very pleased with the results and would like to thank all the schools and NGOs that worked so hard to help us reach these targets,” says Gregory Masoka, Operations Manager of Collect-a-Can. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to recognise the top collectors with prizes in our Guinness World RecordsTM competition,” Masoka continues.

Schools that collected the most cans in each region for October, earning themselves each a cash prize of R4000 sponsored by BevCan and Collect-a-Can, were Roodekrans Primary School in Aeroton, Lochnerhof Laerskool in Cape Town, Mthethomusha Primary School in Durban, Riba Primary School in Pretoria, Segwetihane Primary School in North West and Qhoweng Primary School in Vanderbijlpark. Riba Primary School did particularly well, bringing in 144 000 cans in just one month.

Runner up schools were Sediko Primary School in North West Province who won a book prize sponsored by Pan Macmillan and Kose Moeka Primary School North West and Mojala Thuto Primary School in Vanderbijlpark who each won a hamper sponsored by SC Johnson.

Organisations that collected the most cans in October were Oasis Association, Cape of Good Hope SPCA and Ocean View Association, all from Cape Town, who each won themselves gift cards sponsored by Pick n Pay and a cash incentive from Collect-a-Can.

Zimasa Velaphi, PR and Marketing Manager at Collect-a-Can, has big plans for the Guinness World RecordsTM competition next year. “2012 could earn us our fifth Guinness World RecordsTM mention and that is worth celebrating,” Velaphi says. “We’d like to include as many participating schools and charity organisations in our drive as possible and encourage the public and corporate organisations to get involved too by donating cans to their favourite school or charity.”  

For more information visit or contact the Collect-a-Can head office on 011 466 2939. Collect-a-Can is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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