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Axis Steel, Moffat County schools team up for recycling fundraiser

The annual ritual of spring cleaning can involve sprucing up your house by ridding yourself of all the clutter that's accumulated. And, if it's the right material, the chore of sorting through junk may pay off for your family.

At a glance

Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling is sponsoring a PAC fundraiser for Moffat County schools. Parents can bring recyclable metal materials to local schools to get rid of them and to contribute to the cause, with Axis donating the value of any collected goods back to the schools. The school that brings in the most will receive a $500 bonus. The program runs through May 9. Acceptable items range from small aluminum cans and bits of scrap metal to appliances, lawnmowers, exercise equipment, trampolines and more. Items such as junk cars and batteries can be brought to Axis at 802 E. Second Place. Hazardous materials such as explosives, oil filters, items containing gasoline or diesel fuel, sealed barrels and similar items will not be accepted. Consult with a professional about how to dispose of things like these. For more information, contact your child's school or Axis Steel at 970-824-3256.

As of an April 28 count, the PAC fundraiser for local schools sponsored by Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling has collected more than 12 tons of metal. A total 25,905 pounds of material contributed by Moffat County parents and community members has been tabulated by the company, Axis operations manager Chris Thome said.

The project, which kicked off on Earth Day and runs through May 9, placed bins at area schools where people can drop off their used metal objects — cans, appliances, scrap, etc. — for collection by Axis personnel. Almost anything can be part of the effort, with the exception of items involving dangerous or hazardous materials, and things such as batteries, old cars or farm equipment, which need to be brought directly to the Axis office.

The amount in each bin benefits the school where it stands, with the shared container for Craig Middle School and Sandrock Elementary School so far seeing the most action with 5,540 pounds of metal. Ridgeview Elementary is in a close second place with 4,940 pounds, followed by East Elementary's 2,800 pounds.

Sunset Elementary currently has 1,300 pounds and Moffat County High School 980. Other participating institutions Maybell School and GOAL Academy have not yet been checked.

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Axis will later figure in large donations, which have made up the majority of the total, brought directly into their headquarters, with the donor choosing which school's PAC — Parent Advisory Council, or similar name depending on the school — will benefit. The business will return funds to each school based on tonnage, with the top collector winning a $500 bonus on top of that.

Ultimately, Thome would like to see the fundraiser become an annual practice with the possibility of greater amounts each year.

"I think we could do 100,000 pounds next year," he said.

According to data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, about 8.9 percent of the 251 million tons of municipal solid waste generated in 2012 consisted of metal. About the same increment of the material, 8.8 percent, made up the 87 million tons that were recovered and recycled that year.

Metal collected by Axis will be sent to processing centers, with much of it eventually coming back to Moffat County as building materials that make up Axis's inventory.

Besides bringing in money for schools and encouraging recycling, Thome said he thinks the assets of such a project are innumerable, as residents clean up the community in multiple ways, all while garnering a greater sense of pride.

"We need a lot more of that community spirit," Thome said.

Thome said he was a little disappointed to learn of a couple incidents of schools reporting people stealing out of the bins, but he still thinks the intent of the PAC fundraiser has been fulfilled.

"I just wanted to foster a lot of that goodwill, and it's come back better than I could have expected," he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Education.

At a glance

Axis Steel Fabrication & Recycling is sponsoring a PAC fundraiser for Moffat County schools. Parents can bring recyclable metal materials to local schools to get rid of them and to contribute to the cause, with Axis donating the value of any collected goods back to the schools. The school that brings in the most will receive a $500 bonus. The program runs through May 9. Acceptable items range from small aluminum cans and bits of scrap metal to appliances, lawnmowers, exercise equipment, trampolines and more. Items such as junk cars and batteries can be brought to Axis at 802 E. Second Place. Hazardous materials such as explosives, oil filters, items containing gasoline or diesel fuel, sealed barrels and similar items will not be accepted. Consult with a professional about how to dispose of things like these. For more information, contact your child’s school or Axis Steel at 970-824-3256.