Recycle Your Pet Food Cans. Win a Custom Pet Painting!

April 22nd, 2010

A couple of days ago, we talked about encouraging pet food makers to use sustainably sourced fish, but there’s another really big thing you can do to save the earth when it comes to pets.


Recycle those pet food cans. Recycling is so easy, and it’s habit-forming (in a good way).

You can do it, and today — the 40th anniversary of Earth Day — is a wonderful time to start. Visit for recycling locations near you.

recycle-cat-food-cansFriskies® and Fancy Feast®, along with Keep America Beautiful®, are raising awareness about aluminum pet food can recycling, and they want you to take the Together We Can pledge to start making a difference. It’s just a simple click, no annoying forms, but you might also enjoy checking out the rest of the fun and informative website,

Did you know that recycling one aluminum 3oz  pet food can saves enough energy to run a 60 watt light bulb for more than two hours? Those cans may be little, but they can make a big difference. Get more recycling facts. And for a bit of fun, check out the gallery of “cats” made from aluminum pet food cans!

The pet painting contest:

After you take the pledge to recycle your aluminum pet food cans, leave a comment on this post. (The pledge requires only a click, no forms!) The lucky winner will receive a beautiful custom oil painting of their family pet. Popular animal artist Alexis Trice will use the winner’s selected photo to create a 12” x 16” painting. Alexis has been featured in Dog Fancy magazine, City Rag and The New York Daily News.

Contest is open to US residents, and the winner must respond to my notification by email within three days. Please check your spam filters so you don’t miss out. Deadline to enter is 11 pm CST on Saturday, April 24, 2010. For more info on contests at Light Green Stairs, see disclosures.

(Cat image via flickr user aka Kath)

UPDATE 5/13: Congrats to the winner, Christina!

37 Responses to “Recycle Your Pet Food Cans. Win a Custom Pet Painting!”

  1. Angie Erickson on April 22, 2010 7:17 am

    I took the Pledge to recycle my aluminum pet food cans! Earth Day Rocks!!

  2. debp on April 22, 2010 7:44 am

    I took the pledge. I would love to have this. My cat is almost 18 years old, it would be nice to have this painting of her.

  3. Melissa D on April 22, 2010 8:19 am

    I took the pledge. Thanks for the inspiration to do a little something extra for the environment!

  4. Annette Doggett on April 22, 2010 8:30 am

    I took the pledge! I would love to have a painting of my Airedale, Pepper!

  5. shannon Baas on April 22, 2010 1:03 pm

    I took the pledge.

  6. Frances Carty on April 22, 2010 1:05 pm

    I took the pledge. Would love a painting of my baby.

  7. steven moore on April 22, 2010 2:00 pm

    I use purina dry pet food cause i have used it for years and years, the cats love it. I will recycle more.

  8. Peggy on April 22, 2010 2:08 pm

    Steven, I used to feed only dry, but then had a couple horrible pet ER visits. My vet said to start feeding wet food since my cat didn’t drink enough water and was getting urinary tract infections as a result. I sometimes see well-meaning green folks tell cat owners not feed all those wet cans, but I don’t think they realize cats in the wild eat juicy stuff, not dry food. Kitties don’t like drinking water. I know some cats will do it, but you have to be careful.

  9. Lisa Balistreri on April 22, 2010 4:54 pm

    We would love a portrait of our nine year old therapy dog,Sandia, who is a cross of an Aussie Sheepherder and a Golden Chow. Sandia brings smiles and laughter many elderly and young people who are either living in a rest home or fighting chronic illness’. Sandia herself is a cancer survivor and lives with Bells Palsy daily. The Palsy has stopped her left eye from making tears and she endures many times daily having her eye cleaned and her nose moistened. Even though Sandia has these irritable symptoms she is always ready to snuggle and nuzzle anyone who reaches for her. Our whole family has gone green with recycling all that is possible. Its not a world where we can throw ANYTHING away because after all-where is “AWAY”?

  10. Bob Vinton on April 22, 2010 4:57 pm

    been a protector of the environment before it was popular

  11. Michelle K on April 22, 2010 5:57 pm

    I took the pledge! Happy Earth Day

  12. Christine on April 22, 2010 6:09 pm

    I took the pledge. I would love to win this; my beloved best friend passed a year ago and this would be wonderful. Thank you.

  13. Becky K on April 22, 2010 7:02 pm

    I took the pledge. Happy Earth Day!

  14. Belinda on April 22, 2010 7:23 pm

    I pledge to recycle my plastic containers that I get bird seed in. My feathered pet’s food does not come in aluminum containers but I recycle our soda cans. Thanks!

  15. Harry Barbee on April 22, 2010 9:02 pm

    took the pledge

  16. shanna on April 22, 2010 9:12 pm

    I took the pledge!!!!!
    Have a great night!

  17. Tari Lawson on April 23, 2010 5:34 am

    I took the pledge :).

  18. sal williams on April 23, 2010 5:12 pm

    I took the pledge but I am already a recycling fool…it is each person’s responsibility to clean up after himself in the best ways possible. Recycling is the No.1 way.

  19. Marc on April 23, 2010 5:19 pm

    I already recycle all the cat’s food cans but I pledged regardless.

  20. Paula Hafner on April 23, 2010 11:59 pm

    I took the pledge.

  21. Christina on April 24, 2010 5:15 am

    I pledged – and it makes absolute sense to recycle your pet food tins (and I always have)! Having a portrait of my pet Birdie (a German Shepherd – Husky mix who’s sweet and intelligent and loyal) would be wonderful!

  22. Queen of the Click on April 24, 2010 8:11 am

    I took the pledge ande I am glad that recycling is required here in NYC. It’s such an easy thing to do and helps when we all do it.

    I would love to win a portrait of my dachshund, Reggie.

  23. Tammie on April 24, 2010 8:32 am

    We need more companies like Friskies and Fancy Feast raising awareness about aluminum can recycling. We were more than happy to take the pledge and share the information – and with three pets of our own we admit that the 12” x 16” painting would add a special touch! 🙂

  24. Charlene on April 24, 2010 8:35 am

    I took the Pledge. Thanks for the chance to win a great prize 🙂

  25. lilshuga2001 on April 24, 2010 12:29 pm

    took the pledge- even though i already do!! 🙂
    feels good!! 🙂

    thanks for the chance!

  26. Shaun on April 24, 2010 2:56 pm

    I took the pledge and I vow to stick to it! Thank you!

  27. Diana on April 24, 2010 3:31 pm

    We buy the bigger cans, and only spoon out the right amount each day. Less cans then too (plus we recycle).

  28. Jen on April 24, 2010 5:19 pm

    I took the pledge!

  29. Robin on April 24, 2010 5:26 pm

    I took the pledge, thanks for the chance!

  30. kathy pease on April 24, 2010 5:53 pm

    i took the pledge 🙂

    You Helped Make the
    World a Better Place.

  31. Veronica Garrett on April 24, 2010 8:55 pm

    I took the pledge.

  32. Sand on April 24, 2010 10:40 pm

    I took the pledge!

  33. Gianna on April 24, 2010 10:59 pm

    I pledged 🙂

  34. R Hicks on April 24, 2010 11:31 pm


    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  35. Charlie Wilson on June 30, 2010 12:20 pm

    Recycling is very very important in order to preserve mother earth.”-‘

  36. Julian Cooper on July 28, 2010 4:29 am

    we should always think about recycling our waste products to help the environment.;`’

  37. Libby Murray on September 30, 2010 11:35 am

    we use mixed nuts as bird seeds when we are feeding our pet birds*:.

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