Can Crusher Helps Smash Shelter Record

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Part of the Payson Humane Society's Dumpster Diving Team pose with the new aluminum can crusher. They are (left to right) Rick Landschut, Penny McKinlock, Diane Dalton, Lisa Boyle (kneeling), Norma Brumley, and Gil and Dell Frederick.

The Payson Humane Society closed its doors on 2003 on a high note -- it's highest payoff ever for aluminum cans.

"Thanks to a new can crusher, a new trailer and a great group of volunteers, new and old, we took our largest load of aluminum to Rye ever," board member Lisa Boyle said.

Boyle said the heavy-duty electric can crusher was donated by Diane Dalton, Norma Brumley and Gill and Dell Frederick. The machine, which cost $2,340, is already paying dividends.

More than a ton of aluminum cans -- 2,012 pounds to be exact -- netted the shelter a record $603 last week.

Receptacles are located in Pine at the old artisans building and at Payson Town Hall, Payson Campground, Payson Golf Course, the humane society and at 508 S. Manzanita.

Although the shelter's food drive has ended, volunteers are still looking for small to medium-sized cat carriers.

For information, call (928) 474-5590.

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