Komen for the Cure

Pink trash cans fuel breast cancer fight

Posted March 16, 2011 4:57 p.m. EDT
Updated March 18, 2011 12:19 p.m. EDT

— Amy Kindrachuck, of Raleigh, uses weekly garbage pick-up days to help fuel the fight against breast cancer.

“I wanted a bright pink trash can because it’s functional, it’s fashionable and it’s fun,” she said. “It's a great way to let people know you're supporting a great cause and raise awareness about breast cancer.”

Kindrachuck bought her bin from the local nonprofit 1 in 9, whose mission is to raise awareness that one in nine women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives. Profit from the sale of the cans go directly to help breast cancer patients through treatment.

“I want to see a street full of 1 in 9 trash cans,” said Kevin Rutherford, who works with the nonprofit.

Wake Forest and Raleigh city councils and Wake County officials voted to allow the use of the pink trash cans, but not all towns welcome them. Cary officials said they pick up trash only if it's in a town-provided bin.

The nonprofit and Cary residents hope officials reconsider.

“I think that’s too bad. The more awareness you can get for it, the better things are for people going through it,” said Janis Reilly, a five-year breast cancer survivor who lives in Cary.

Since Reilly can't keep a pink can by her curb, she's hoping others who can will.

Kindrachuck said she is happy to support the cause.

“I have seen many great strides in medicine, and I'm hoping as my daughter grows up that those strides will continue and we can kick breast cancer to the curb,” she said.

The trash cans come in two sizes. A 96 gallon can, which is the standard size used for most curbside pickup, is $99 and a 64 gallon can, which is being used by some as a recycle container. The group also sells clothing, bumper stickers and blankets.