PAC the Bin is back to benefit Moffat County School Parent Advisory Councils

Sasha Nelson
Chris Thome

— The annual “PAC the Bin” metal waste recycling fundraiser is back for a forth year in a row.

“It’s an easy way for community members to donate something. You cleanup your yard and it helps the school out,” said Axis Steel Operations Manager Chris Thome.

Axis Steel is gearing-up for the fundraiser and Thome was at Thursday’s school board meeting to announce the return of the event and report on results of efforts from the past three years of the program.

In the past three years the benefit has helped Moffat County School District remove over 200 tons of material waste from the community and raise roughly $20,000 to support the work of volunteer Parent Advisory Committees (PACs) at each school.

What: PAC the Bin scrap metal recycling fundraiser

When: April 22 until May 9

Where: Axis Steel drop bins at neighborhood schools

Why: Funds benefit PACs.

“PAC fund are used by teachers if they need special supplies or for events and programs that they might want to do in the classroom not covered by their small budgets,” Thome said.

The event will kick-off on Earth Day (April 22) and run until May 9. Large containers will be placed at each school to be used by the community to donate scrap metal waste.

“We chose Earth Day to help push the recycling effort,” Thome said.

Every school receives some money based on the weight of the metal donated for that school. To make things interesting Thome gives the school collecting the most a $500 bonus.

Ridgeview Elementary School has won the friendly competition for the last two of three years. Parents of the school have started collecting early and donating often.

“We really work hard at getting the word out to our parents and our parents get on it like gangbusters. They save all year and then they participate,” said parent John Haddan.

Items that can be dropped off in the bins include: aluminum cans, lawn mowers, scrap iron, exercise equipment, appliances, trampolines, brass, copper and just about anything metal, Thome said.

Junk cars and old batteries should be taken to Axis Steel at 802 East Second Place.

“Just be sure to include the name of the school to be credited for the donation,” Thome said.

Items that cannot be accepted include:

• Any tank, machine or other item containing gas or diesel fuel.

• Transformers, ballasts, capacitors or any other item containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB).

• Used oil filters

• Radioactive material

• Explosives

• Asbestos

• Any tank canister or bottle unless a hole has been cut in it and the valve has been removed.

• Used barrels, unless the top is off, it is whole and not crushed, and it has been rinsed.

• Any other potentially hazardous material or materials containing oil or sludge.

For more information call Axis Steel at 970-824-3256.

Contact Sasha Nelson at 970-875-1794 or or follow her on Twitter @CDP_Education.

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