Mykah Smith
Project Manager
P.O. Box SS- 6203, Nassau, Bahamas

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About Cans for Kids Bahamas

Cans For Kids is a non-profit organization located in Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas, founded in 1998 by Ginny McKinney. Mrs. McKinney is a longtime environmental and social activist, as well as president of the first environmentally conscious waste management company (Waste Not Ltd.) and composting company (Green Systems Ltd.) in the Bahamas.

A densifier (located at Waste Not) compresses the aluminum cans into briquettes which are then shipped to a reclamation centre in the U.S. where they are processed into new aluminum.

Cans made from aluminum are recycled over and over as the material is not weakened or compromised by the process. 99% of all beer cans and 95% of all soda cans are made from aluminum. It takes only 5% of the energy to recycle aluminum than it takes to produce it from Bauxite, its raw source.

Did You Know?
It takes approximately 48,000 cans to produce one ton of recycled aluminum.

Cans for Kids is currently paying $0.30 per pound of aluminum cans collected. We also provide sugar bags which hold about 75 lbs. of cans. If you would like to implement this programme at your school, workplace, residence or organization please contact us.


Students from one of Cans for Kids participating schools smiling for the camera.

Our Mission
Help the children and youth of the Bahamas raise money for their schools and programs through the collection of aluminum cans. Raise awareness about the enviroment amongst children and youth in the Bahamas. Support the children and youth of the Bahamas in adopting environmentally responsible practices.

How CFK Works
Schools and youth organizations are provided with large containers for their collected aluminum cans. Once the containers are full, Cans for Kids picks up the collected cans and drops them off at Wastenot Ltd.'s premises. Cans for Kids also has drop-off locations throughout the island where the general public can bring their aluminum cans - see CFK Locations.

Once the cans arrive at Wastenot Ltd., they are sent through a densifier. The densifier crushes the cans into 2 foot cubes called "briquettes". The briquettes are then shipped to a major aluminum recycling plant in the U.S.

Some tips on how to prepare the cans for recycling:
1) Empty can of product
2) Ensure can is free of contaminants (e.g. cigarette butts, straws, all plastics, napkins, dirt, stones, etc.)
3) Drop off your cans in plastic bags
Note: Cans for Kids accepts aluminum cans ONLY. Cans made from tin or other metals will not be accepted.
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