The Lions Step In
Members of the Prescott Noon Lions Club made it their mission to help protect the planet when they started a community newspaper recycling program. “If the paper is recycled, environmentally that’s great because we’re reusing a product,” said Bill Parker from the Prescott Noon Lions Club. “And that means that we don’t cut down as many trees.” Twice a week, 35 Lions rise before dawn to collect newspapers from Prescott residents. The Lions also sort and ship the recycled papers.
Pulling Their Weight
In 15 years, the Prescott Noon Lions recycling program collected and shipped nearly 53 million pounds of used newspapers. “A major impact that this has on the community has to do with our landfill,” said Rowle Simmons, the former mayor of Prescott. “We’re not having to haul all of this to the landfill.” In addition, all money raised by the program goes to support more than 40 worthy causes, including Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the Yavapai Blind Center. And the success of the project demonstrates not only the value of recycling, but also how Lions are making a difference in their community.
Facts and Figures
The Prescott Noon Lions raised nearly US$230,000 in a recent year by donating 850 volunteer hours to the recycling program every month. Members also drive their own vehicles and average more than 25,000 miles a year.