Brady Kiwanis boosts price for aluminum can collection

The aluminum can recycling center operated each Saturday by members of the Brady Kiwanis Club of Brady will be closed this Saturday, May 26, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, but when it reopens on June 2, it will be with a price increase to $.55/ pound. Club president Eugene Hudson stated at the weekly meeting on Tuesday that the aluminum market continued to be strong which prompted the price increase. He also expressed appreciation for the club’s support of local youth activities over the past two years. Most recently, the Brady Kiwanis Club funded three scholarships totaling $1,500 to graduating high school seniors. The local club awarded two such scholarships totaling $1,000 in 2006. Other beneficiaries of Kiwanis Club donations have been the Children’s Miracle Network (Ty Sutton’s Journey), the McCulloch County Jr. Livestock Association, Brady Middle School Washington DC group, Project Graduation and many other youth activities. Since opening the aluminum can recycling center in April 2005, the Brady Kiwanis Club has returned approximately $40,000 back into the local economy by paying an average of $0.40 per pound on nearly 100,000 pounds of collected cans. According to Hudson, it takes about 24-25 cans to weigh one pound, which equates to 2.5 million cans that have been kept out of the landfill and off of the streets. ‘We continue to be excited about this program and the good things it brings to this area,’ said Hudson. ‘By raising the price we pay for cans, we hope to help those who have helped us support the kids.’ The Brady Kiwanis Club meets weekly at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the El Flamingo Restaurant. For more information on membership or club activities, please call Steve Black at 597-2124, Eugene Hudson or James Williams at 597-2428.

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