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Working together, getting cash from scrap

DUNDEE—Do you have old scrap metal, or even an unwanted car, and interested in helping area groups?
The Dundee Rotary Club, Boy Scout Troop 25, and Himrod Fire Department are joining forces to hold a scrap metal drive this Saturday to benefit all three groups. Jim Koehler explained he is involved with both Rotary and the Boy Scout troop, so is always looking for fundraisers. He added it made more sense for both groups to hold a joint drive instead of holding separate events to raise money. He said the scrap metal drive has been held for at least the last four years. Koehler said the event has been very successful.
He explained the first year the drive was held the groups raised over $5,000; the goal was only $300. Over the years, Koehler said the most interesting donation has been 50 motorcycles from one person.
Adam Weitsman, president of Upstate Shredding in Owego, said the current price of scrap metal for a car is only slightly higher than last year: $310 per gross ton in 2011, compared to about $300 last year at this time. However, he said that price appeals to people and the scrap yard is processing more metal than usual.
Involving the Himrod Fire Department is new to the drive this year. Koehler said he heard the department was looking for old cars to practice the jaws of life exercise. The training requires firefighters to extract a “victim” trapped in a car, by taking the vehicle apart.
“The value of this is phenomenal,” said Himrod Fire Chief Jared Webster. He added without these donated cars, the firefighters may not get the training otherwise. Webster explained the fire department had problems in finding cars to practice over the last few years.
“The hands-on training is priceless,” he said.
Koehler said any vehicles donated to the scrap drive will be used by the Himrod Fire Department first. The parts will later be sold for scrap. Koehler said any money the event makes is split evenly between the Rotary and the Boy Scouts. He explained Rotary uses the funds for its scholarships and programs, while the Boy Scouts use the money to maintain equipment and take trips. The benefit to the community, Koehler said, is it gives people a chance to get rid of old scrap and equipment. However, he added they can’t accept electronics or anything with Freon (refrigerators, dehumidifiers, etc.).
For more or to arrange a scrap pickup, call 607-243-8900 or 607-243-8682. The scrap metal drive will be May 21, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Knapp & Schlappi Lumber Co. on 71 Bigelow Ave., Dundee.



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