Lions scrap metal drive running through June 26
By James Grob, firstname.lastname@example.org
So the kids got you a brand new grill this spring and you don’t know what to do with that big, old rusty one still sitting on the patio?
Donate it to the Lions.
The Charles City Lions Club scrap metal drive is accepting donations through June 26 at Tynan’s Recycling at 1100 13th Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
On June 23-26, Lions Club volunteers will be on hand to help unload.
Rich Tynan is the new proprietor of what is now called Tynan’s Recycling. Previously, the business was owned and operated by Denny Tynan, and was called Denny’s Recycling. Denny has stepped back and let Rich, his cousin, take over.
Tynan said that donations have been coming in since the beginning of the month.
“It’s been a pretty steady flow,” he said. “We’ve collected maybe five or six tons already.”
The scrap metal drive is a fundraising project for Lions Club donation gifts to the community and to support other projects.
Tynan said that everything’s been running smoothly and there have been no problems.
All kinds of metal items are accepted, including computers, printers, laptops, stoves, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, bikes, trikes, toys, tools, tool boxes, grills, playground sets, patio furniture, fire pits, exercise equipment such as weights and treadmills, office desks, file cabinets, shelving, staplers, fencing, posts, gates, wire, pips, most vehicles and trailers, tire rims, engines, motors, gear boxes, metal toppers, old farm implements, metal boats, motors, metal docks and much more.
Old picture tube televisions and monitors will not be accepted for the drive, although they will be taken for a $10 fee.
Garbage, loose tires, non-metal boats or campers and motorhomes are also not accepted.
Tynan said that although scrap metal prices fluctuate, currently metal prices are nearly double what they were a year ago.
That means that a donation this year is worth nearly double what a donation was worth last year.
“The Lions Club sure is a worthy organization to donate too,” Tynan said. “They do a lot for the community and it makes this worthwhile.”
Items small and large are accepted, as Tynan’s has heavy handling equipment available, including four 40-yard dumpsters, a 30-foot telehandler, a 40-foot electro-magnet excavator, an eight-ton end loader with eight-foot forks and two skid loaders.
This is the third year the Lions Club has held a scrap metal drive. The Lions take part in several community projects throughout the year, and the money raised from the scrap metal drive will finance some of them.