Cities in Wisconsin and North Dakota are being recognized nationally today for their efforts in recycling.

Milwaukee grabbed the No. 1 spot among cities with populations 250,000 and larger in the fourth annual Cans for Cash: City Recycling Challenge.

During October 2007, over 50 competing cities collected more than 191 million used beverage cans.

Milwaukee totaled 1,385,328 pounds collected to lead the way among like-sized cities.

Also, cities were recognized for the most innovative education and marketing ideas to promote recycling. Among cities in the 50,000-99,999 range, Fargo, N.D., came out on top.

The awards are being announced today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 76th Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

PAUL WALSH