Cans are the most recycled form of packaging in South Africa and Collect-a-Can currently record a 69% recovery rate of all beverage cans manufactured; making cans the best packaging choice for preserving the environment.

What does it take to make or break a Guinness World Record? 

For metal can recycler Collect-a-Can requires consistently collecting more used cans in a single month. For those that have participated their efforts have paid off again this year as they were once again acknowledged in the Guinness World Records book for collecting the most steel cans in a single month.

The organisation has recorded a collection figure of 2 656 286 cans.

“This equates to more than 80 tons of steel cans,” says Gregory Masoka, Operations Manager at Collect-a-Can, “which is equivalent in weight to around 60 motor vehicles.”

The Collect-a-can manCollect-a-Can challenged schools to help them and awarded the top collecting schools per region with prizes. This year Collect-a-Can has given institutions such as animal welfare shelters, old age homes and orphanages the opportunity to participate and win prizes in their own category. 

Prizes for the winning schools were generously sponsored by Pan Macmillan, Nampak Bevcan and MySchool while Collect-a-Can sponsored the prizes for institutions. Schools managed to collect 1 511 547 cans in the month of October.

 Western Cape Prizes



The 1st  Prize went to Oasis Association from Cape Town collected the most cans overall and l receive a cash prize of R10 000.

The 2nd prize of R5000 went to Dirk Postma Kleuterskool in Pretoria.

Regional winners were Mthethomusha Senior Primary School in KZN, Panda Bear Day Care Centre in Cape Town and Swartkop Valley School in Gauteng.

These schools each received R4000 and a book prize from Pan Macmillan.

Institutions brought in a further 534 048 cans. Winning institutions were CSD (Centre for Social Development) followed by the Grassy Park SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), both from Cape Town and these institutions will receive R10 000 and R5 000 respectively.

Collect-a-Can is delighted with the outcome of their Guinness World Records Challenge and hopes to continue the trend with even bigger and better collection numbers in 2011.