Lions Club's paper trailer hits milestone: 1 MILLION POUNDS
February 04. 2014 1:42PM
The Dell Rapids Lions Club collected its 1 millionth pounds of paper Saturday.
Since April 2008, Lions Club members have congregated paper for recycling to fund local and international projects that aid development and eye care, among others.
Saturday, Dell Rapids resident Jim Boyum braved falling temperatures to make a drop off at the paper trailer, located at the corner of Third Street and Orleans Avenue. The paper he brought put the club over the 1-million pound mark.
For his contribution, Boyum was given a blue storage tote to assist him as he continues to recycle.
Averaging one trailer-load of paper per month and a return of $450-$700 per trailer, the recycling project has served the Lions Club well in their never-ending fundraising endeavors.
Whether there is rain, sleet or snow, four to eight Lions members man the drop-off site from 9 to 11 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays each month.
“One time, it was 20 below actual temperature and we stayed for a half an hour,” said Dean Hammer, Lions Club member.
And when no one is around, the public still has access to the trailer.
“In between times, it’s not locked,” said Tom Earley, Lions Club member.
Workers at nearby businesses like the Dell Rapids Lumber Yard and the elevator chip in to keep the drop-off site accessible year round.
“Sometimes they’ll go in and stack stuff if it’s a mess,” said Susan Hovey, Lions Club member. “People just kind of help pitch in.”
Earley said the recycle trailer’s success is a credit to the community’s willingness to help.
At the Dell Rapids School District, elementary school custodians gather recyclable paper, and the local chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America have recycling bins in every room in the high school.
“It’s a nice partnership,” Hovey said. “People get to feel like they are contributing and helping.”
St. Mary’s Catholic Church recycles old service books with the Lions Club, and Friendship Village and Orchard Hills fill up wagon-loads of paper for volunteers to bring to the truck.
“Those Orchard Hills people, they get the neatness award,” Earley said.
The Lions Club is on its 39th trailer and it averages a filled truck every four Saturdays.
“That’s been the norm, but this last one took just three Saturdays,” Earley said. “It’s really picked up.”
All the paper is brought to Mason City, Iowa, and recycled for building materials like insulation.
|Joe Sneve / Dell Rapids Tribune
Dell Rapids resident Jim Boyum, left, is greeted by Lions Club members Marlowe Hovey, center, and Tom Earley, right, Saturday at the club’s paper trailer at Third Street and Orleans Avenue. Boyum’s drop off was the millionth pound of paper collected by the club since April 2008.