Local Kiwanis club will turn trash into cash
Service club Metal recycling event will benefit childrens programs, scholarships in Newberg
Anyone looking to get rid of an old appliance, busted washer or dryer, or a rusted out water heater can turn their unwanted items into a donation to the local Kiwanis club.
As a replacement fundraiser for its annual spaghetti feed, the Kiwanis are hosting a semi-annual recycling event in partnership with EG Metals Inc.
We thought the event would benefit the community because its helping people get rid of electronics and we felt it was a better fit, said Rosita Siebel, Kiwanis president. Not only that, but we felt the project could bring in more revenue for kids projects than we could at the spaghetti feed.
She added that the event will also benefit the community because people wont have to pay to get rid of their scrap metal or old electronics as they would if they took them to be recycled.
The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the lot adjacent to Newberg Dodge Jeep Chrysler.
We are looking for household items, old water heaters, washer and dryers, old appliances for scrap metal, Siebel said. Anything people dont want in their homes anymore.
Zach Hoffman, marketing intern for EG Metals, said the scrap metal is then taken to EG Metals and weighed.
We then give a cut to the Kiwanis for their causes, Hoffman said.
He said this type of recycling event is something EG Metals has done numerous times before with other nonprofit organizations, so after leaving Newberg to work for EG Metals, he reached out to the community and found the Kiwanis were excited about the opportunity.
If the Newberg Kiwanis works out, we are looking into working with other Kiwanis organizations, he said.
Siebel said they are expecting a large turnout after contacting local businesses and private individuals to get the word out.
We are hoping the community is aware of the recycling event and that they help us earn money, she said. We earn money from the weight of products, so the more weight the more we get paid for it.
Siebel said Kiwanis hopes to earn between $2,500 and $3,000 from each event, money that they can then direct toward their projects.
Funds are definitely going to scholarships and we have some service leadership projects in elementary schools we are hoping to expand, she said.
Item pick-up can also be arranged for those unable to make it to the event. Contact Roger Hirsch at 503-537-8855 for more information.