MASON CITY, Iowa- The location where the Mason City Exchange Club collects empty cans and bottles is over flowing with empty containers.
Laura Dyslin works for the Exchange Club to try and get all of the cans and bottles in order so the group can continue to use the money for the Mason City Independent Firework Show as well as for domestic and abuse relief.
She says each week the group recycles around 60 thousand cans. Dyslin says since the North Iowa Redemption Center has not been open, they have had a hard time redeeming their cans saying there are only certain stores in the area that do take cans. She says that is why more people are dropping them off at the club’s donation area at an overwhelming rate.
But she says she can’t even take back all of the cans that have been donated and more continue to come in.
“If it’s specific to that store it has to go back to that store,” Dyslin said. “Pepsi doesn’t want it, Coke doesn’t want it, and nobody wants it. They didn’t pay the nickel they aren’t going to redeem that nickel.”
Dyslin says she is looking for as many volunteers as she get to donate their time. Currently she has one volunteer helping her out.