Crimestoppers Join With Scrapyard For Fundraising and Cleanup
Updated: Thursday, January 24 2013, 07:31 PM EST
COLUMBUS -- A local scrapyard is using a new environmental regulation as an opportunity to raise money to Central Ohio Crimestoppers.
According to new E.P.A. rules, scrapyards like Mark Grays are not allowed to pay people for refrigerators or air conditioners if the pipes have been cut, because of the freon gas they release.
But where some may see lost revenue, Gray sees an opportunity to fight back against crime. The business owner is encouraging people to bring those banned items to his scrapyard, so he can take them to E.P.A.-approved recyclers, then donate the resulting cash to Crimestoppers.
Gray's idea could mean $1000 or more every month for the organization.
Crimestoppers representative Bill Taylor told ABC 6/FOX 28, if the idea takes off, he hopes to see it expand to include additional area scrapyards.
"We're going to try this as a trial balloon," Taylor said. "[We'll] see how it works over the next few months."
Reporter: Carol Luper
Web Producer: Ken Hines