Tab collection efforts benefit SPCA

Humble pop can tabs can translate to money for the community.

Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club president Lloyd Kuhn recently dropped off pop can tabs at the Comox Fire Hall.

John and Lynne Marinus of Comox spearheaded the collection and recycling for money the pop tabs. For more than 12 years they have filled their minivan with aluminum tabs and driven to Victoria to cash them in.

Their average collection is 700 pounds per year. All the money they collect from the recycling goes to the SPCA, but the idea originally came from a need to purchase wheelchairs for people in the community.

Pop can tabs have so much value for the simple reason that they have so little value. It takes up to 1,538 tabs to equal one pound of clean scrap aluminum, the same sheet aluminum the cans are made of.

If you wish to donate your pop can tabs to the Marinus’ project, you can drop them off at the Comox Fire Hall.

The Lions’ Club received their Charter (055177) on Jan. 8, 1993, and since then has been involved in many community, regional, national and international projects.

Meetings take place on the last Monday on the month at noon, White Spot Restaurant, 2299 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay.

— Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club