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Lions Club launches “Cans for the Community” campaign

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 17th, 2013

Ashton Lions Club members pictured above, left to right are Denny Pfeiffer, Gene Messer, Lori Hillison, Edy Pfeiffer, Jim Kloeping and Andrew Frobish. (Photo submitted)

ASHTON — The Ashton Lions Club has recently placed into service a brand new trailer for the collection of recyclable aluminum cans. The trailer is located alongside the existing county recycling drop off container, at the corner of First Street and Evans Avenue, providing a convenient way for the public to donate their cans while dropping off other items for recycling.

The majority of recycled aluminum comes from used beverage containers and that is what the club has custom built the trailer to collect, so we ask that aluminum cans only be placed into the trailer. The trailer itself is four-feet by eight-feet and over five-feet tall on the inside, is capable of holding over 10,000 aluminum cans, if all the cans were crushed it could hold over twice that number. Crushed or uncrushed, we welcome all donations from the community as a way to provide an ongoing fundraiser for the club to use in our mission to serve.

Although the trailer is currently parked at the recycling drop off in town, it is portable and can be used to collect at special events if requested.

We are also looking for additional opportunities to increase the rate of can collection within our communities, if your business, organization or household would like to start collecting cans to donate all it takes is a separate container to get started. Additional collection trailers can be provided for large collection potential areas, contact us with your ideas or suggestions.


recycling facts:

We use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum soda cans every year.

There is no limit to the amount of times an aluminum can be recycled.

An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now!

Making new aluminum cans from used cans takes 95 percent less energy and 20 recycled cans can be made with the energy needed to produce one can using virgin ore.

That’s our two cents on our new Lions can collection program, which happens to be about what each donated can is currently worth. Thank you for your donations in advance and if you have any questions or are curious about additional ways to help contact the Ashton Lions club at P.O. Box 240 or feel free to stop by our regular meetings held at the Lions Community Center 803 Main Street on the first and third Tuesdays of each month starting at 7 p.m.

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