Cans for Corridors - recycle your aluminium cans for wildlife corridors in Brazil
Have you been watching the ITV series, The Durrells, on a Sunday evening? The programme tells us of Gerald Durrell's period in Corfu, and his childhood there in the 1930s.
Gerald Durrell founded Jersey Zoo in 1959 and the Durrell Wildlife Conservaiton Trust is doing some amazing conservation work around the world. They have a new vision, to Re-Wild Our World, and they are working with species such as the Black Lion Tamarin (a small monkey), the Saint Lucia Amazon parrot, the Madagascar Side Necked Turtle and the Orange Tailed Skink.
To enable supporters to help them in their work, they have been asking islanders - and anyone else who can get involved - to recycle their aluminium cans.
School children around the island of Jersey have been involved and last week, one school - Victoria College - arranged for their pupils to take their aluminium cans to the collecting point at Jersey Zoo.
The boys took 2,000 aluminium cans in all, which will enable 40 trees to be planted.
The porject started in 2002 and so far, 80-90,000 trees have been planted thanks to Durrell's support. Overall, 2 million trees have gone in, but more are needed. The trees will create a wildlife corridor and restore trees to forest in Brazil in areas that have been destroyed by deforestation, creating vital habitat for species such as the Black Lion Tamarin. The Cans for Corridors project hopes to be able to restore, expand, and link previously destroyed habitats.
You can help us by collecting cans and other recyclable aluminium and copper products - the cans must be made of aluminium only - some are made of steel (a magnet will stick to them) and they can't be used. If you live in Jersey, just take them to the Zoo or Hunts (Jersey) Ltd, in bags labelled ‘Durrell’.. If you don't, you can find your nearest cash for aluminium recycling centre and ask whether they can collect your cans. The funds raised can then be sent to Durrell, marked ‘Cans for Corridors’.
Aluminium is a very cost effective reclaimable metal. Recylcing it is 90% more efficient than mining the raw material. It's amazing to think that a recycled can will be back on the supermarket shelves in about 2 months!
If this isn't possible to do, you could donate to any of the Durrell's current appeals.
Are you a charity wanting to raise funds through aluminium cans? Click here to go to Think Cans and how to get started!