Can We Collect 60M Cans?

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(photo credit Sure We Can website)

Securing Sure We Can’s home

An eighteen month fundraising effort that intends to collect 60 million cans thereby keeping Sure We Can at its present location: 219 McKibbin Street started on July 31st. The lot that has been their home since 2007 is up for sale.  If they reach their goal, they will be able to purchase the property and secure their future. Sure We Can is hoping to inspire offices/groups/schools to form can collection campaigns. They are also accepting monetary donations and categorizing them in terms of cans for example: $1 = 20 cans; $5 = 100 cans … $1000 = 20,000 cans; $3M = 60 million cans.

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Co-Founders Ana De Luco and Eugene Gadsden (photo credit Sure We Can website)

Sister Ana Martinez de Luco and Eugene Gadsden co-founded Sure We Can: the sole non-profit recycling center in NYC. An estimated 400 local can collectors count on this facility to exchange their cans at the 5 cents per piece rate, plus they can earn a bit more if they count and sort. Sure We Can is more than a recyclable collection center; in its evolution as a community center it organizes educational activities for schools and universities to promote sustainability practices and has created a garden and last year built a greenhouse via a Citizens Committee Neighborhood Grant.

The statistics found on Sure We Can’s website cite 10M cans were recovered in 2015 so this helper of our community needs the community’s help to multiply last year’s take by six in the next 18 months. Let’s hope we can help!

For more information go to Sure We Can’s website: . They are located at 219 McKibbin Street, Brooklyn, New York 11206; hours of operation are: Monday-Friday 7AM – 5PM and Saturday 7AM – 1:30PM; Ph. 347-463-9257; email

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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