Cub Scouts want more aluminum can donations, less garbage at collection site

“Just think of the safety of the kids. If the kids were going through that and would cut themselves on a glass jar … (the donations are to be) going for a good cause. I don’t want to stop (the can collection) either.”

Collection wagon
Cub Scouts Troop 134 has gravity wagons at its site at Prairie View for people to drop off aluminum cans. Funds from the recycled cans go to help support Scout activities.
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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Cub Scouts pack 134 have collected donations of aluminum cans in the community for years, using the money they make to help fund Scouting programs for local youth.

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It can be a good fundraiser for the troop, but Scoutmaster Scott Carlson said their most recent trip to Shine Brothers ended up costing him because people are throwing bags of garbage into the gravity wagons they provide for the public to donate their empty aluminum cans.

“I had to dispose of all the garbage — at least half a trailer load of garbage,” said Carlson. “(Shine Brothers) put it back in our containers.”

When the Scouts relocated to their new meeting place at Prairie View, their can-collecting wagons were moved out there, Carlson said. Prior to that, they had space in the Fareway parking lot for people to drop off their donations. Carlson said they also had trouble with people tossing bags of garbage into the wagon there.

Not only is there the loss of anticipated revenue when they find garbage instead of aluminum cans in their wagons, but there’s also the time expended.


Carlson said he has a group of volunteers that now has to sort through the donations, removing garbage — everything from cardboard to glass and trash.

Donations of cans
Garbage bags, hopefully filled with aluminum cans and not trash, were tossed inside the Cub Scouts collection wagon at the Scout site at Prairie View.
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“I have adults do that because I don’t want any of the kids to get cut with glass,” Carlson said. “Just think of the safety of the kids. If the kids were going through that and would cut themselves on a glass jar … (the donations are to be) going for a good cause. I don’t want to stop (the can collection) either.”

Carlson asks that anybody dropping garbage into the wagons — anything but aluminum cans — to just stop it.

“All we want is the pop cans,” Carlson said, adding that people shouldn’t put the cans in boxes or even garbage bags, but rather just dump the cans in the wagons.

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“There’s garbage cans all over where people will take garbage,” Carlson added. “We can’t accept it.”

Donations of aluminum cans help found Scouts programming, such as getting kids to Scouts camp or funding trips with the Scouts trailer.

“It helps with a lot of little things,” Carlson said of the money earned. “We appreciate the donations — it helps a lot of Scouts.”

He also said if people have a stockpile of aluminum cans that they would like to donate to the Scouts, they have volunteers who will pick them up, if needed. To arrange a pick-up, contact Carlson at (507) 329-5204.


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Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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