Lions Club Recycling Center Closing Permanently in March

The Green Valley Lions Club Recycle Center, a presence in the community for 40 years, will shut down on March 30.


In preparation for closing, all cardboard moving boxes will be sold at HALF PRICE beginning March 1. Boxes will no longer be accepted from the community after March 15. A Parking Lot Sale will be held on Saturday, April 1 from 7:00 am till Noon to sell storage sheds, tools, supplies, etc. The sale is open to the public, so please plan to attend.


Lacking managers and volunteers willing to oversee the operation, the club has no choice but to bring it to an end, president Joel Keyte said. The Lions have overseen the recycling center at the Pima County Government Center next to the Joyner-Green Valley Library since 1977.

The problem, Keyte said, is a declining and aging club membership. At 74, he is one of the younger members, while the average age is in the 80s and there are members in their 90s. Many are just not physically capable of hauling trailers or carrying buckets of recyclable materials, especially during the summer. No one from the 60 combined members of the Green Valley or La Canoa Lions Club felt willing or able to step into the management position, he said.

Keyte and Pat Crilly, from the La Canoa Club, had been overseeing the recycling center, but were worn out and told the club three years ago they needed to step down and be replaced. They continued ordering trailers and providing other oversight while replacements were sought, but stopped being active managers. No one has stepped up since.

“We came to a realization in the last year and a half or more that we can't find a replacement for ourselves,” he said.

Even with a reduced role, Keyte said he has spent 165 hours just keeping the center going since July. The Lions have also reached out to other service organizations in the area, but found most of them are facing similar problems and couldn't take over the operation.

Keyte said the club is not happy to close the center down, but it is just not able to sustain it. The organization sent out letters announcing the decision Friday to Pima County, which owns the land, and the other agencies it deals with to recycle the materials. The Lions Club still has nine years left on a 25-year lease with the county. That lease is non-transferrable, so if any other group wants to go in there, they would have to negotiate a new lease with the county, Keyte said.

Aside from dropping a community service, the move will also leave a hole in the club's budget. In 2011, the center brought in $60,000, though in the last couple years that figure has been closer to $20,000. Keyte said the drop is due to a sharp decline in the market for recycled goods, which went from $160 a ton to $80. The group also only filled 16 trailers with recyclable material last year, compared to the 20-25 it could usually fill.

The club did cut back having the center open from six days a week to three in 2014, but even after they made that move they still were filling up the same number of trailers until recently, he said.

He said he believes the club can make up the missing money through a series of smaller, short-term fundraising efforts, similar to what he saw while with other clubs in California.

Even when the Lions center shuts down in a couple months, there still will be some recycling opportunities in the community. The Sahuarita Transfer Station, along La Cañada Drive south of Sahuarita Road, accepts plastic beverage containers, cardboard, paper, aluminum and tin for recycling, according to Tucson Recycling and Waste Services, which manages the site. There is no cost to drop them off, and the bins are outside the staffed entrance to the main dumping area.


Green Valley Lions Club

Celebrates 50 Years of Service


In March, 2016, the Green Valley Lions Club celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the club. The Green Valley Lions Club was organized on April 14, 1966. The Tucson Downtown and Tucson Breakfast Clubs were the sponsoring Lions Clubs. Twenty-one members appeared on the club organization report, and membership over the years has varied, with as many as 140 members at one point.

From left, Green Valley Lions Club President Glenn Fairchild, Patricia Fairchild, Past International Director Dana Biggs, and Past International President Bill Biggs.

Celebrants included Green Valley Lions, La Canoa Lions, District and State Lions, Community Partners & Organizations, community members, and friends of the Green Valley Lions Club.

President Glenn Fairchild welcoming guests to the celebration

50th Celebration Lion Centerpiece



Green Valley Lions Club Funds Distribution for 2014

Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, corrugated cartons, aluminum cans and other recyclables resulted in checks totaling $21,500 for 22 non-profit groups compliments of the Green Valley Lions Club.

GV Lions treasurer and awards program coordinator Gary Hultman said there was no formal distribution of checks as in previous years. The checks were mailed July 8.

In addition to the $21,500 being distributed, $2,250 was previously donated this fiscal year and $3,500 has been set aside in reserve for holiday-timed donations for a grand total of $26,713.

Monies donated for fiscal year 2013-14 came from the collection of 754,120 pounds of newspaper and paper, 6,774 pounds of aluminum cans and 3,681 corrugated boxes that the Lions resell for $1 each.

Hultman said the GV Lions Club has received $80 a ton since December 2012, and received $85 for the last two loads.

In his letter to this year’s 22 recipients, he said primary fund-raising dollars come from the Green Valley Recycling Center by the Joyner-Green Valley library and Friday night Bingo at the East Center.

A total of $2,963 bought 314 dictionaries for third-graders at Continental School and Sahuarita Intermediate School, and also paid for eye exams and glasses for qualified individuals, the USBGA blind golf tournaments awards dinner, free diabetes testing and a donation to Sahuarita High School NJROTC.

Proceeds from Bingo for fiscal year 2013-14 amounted to almost 27 percent of the total.

Among the recipients are organizations supporting the blind — Sun Sounds, Arizona Sight and Hearing Foundation, Guiding Eyes for the Blind and the University of Arizona Ophthalmology Research Department. Local recipients included Casa Community Services, Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired, Friends in Deed, Parkinson’s Support Group of Green Valley and Valley Assistance Services.

Though the GV Lions Club recycling program is successful in helping to support blind and guide dog endeavors, self-help programs, two university-level programs and local non-profits Hultman said the Lions could do better if more residents bring newspapers, recyclable paper items, corrugated boxes and aluminum cans to the Lions recycling location next to the Green Valley Library parking lot.

Hours are Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Quail Creek residents may bring donations to the Lions recycling trailer in The Grill parking lot Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon.



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