Clarence’s Recycling surpasses 250,000-pound mark in quest for 1 million pounds

Clarence’s Recycling has surpassed the 250,000-pound mark in their quest for a million pounds of all metals.

Clarence Scharpen, who opened Clarence’s Recycling in 2002, passed away in August. To honor his memory, his family is hoping to reach 1 million pounds of scrap metal by April 1, and they will donate one penny per pound to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

Clarence Scharpen, who opened Clarence’s Recycling in 2002, passed away in August. The family is hoping to reach 1 million pounds of scrap metal by April 1, and they will donate one penny per pound to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Photo submitted

Clarence Scharpen, who opened Clarence’s Recycling in 2002, passed away in August. The family is hoping to reach 1 million pounds of scrap metal by April 1, and they will donate one penny per pound to Isanti County Beyond the Yellow Ribbon. Photo submitted

If 1 million pounds of metal is received, it will equal a $10,000 donation to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon.

“We think Beyond the Yellow Ribbon is a great cause and helping veterans is something my grandpa always believed in,” Clarence’s granddaughter Kella Harmer said.

She said they’ve reached 300,000 pounds as of mid-December. They’ll need a lot more metal to stay on track and reach their goal on time, however.

“We’ve been doing OK,” she said. “We’re not quite as far along as we’d hope to be, but we’re getting there.”

Clarence’s Recycling opened April 1, 2002, and it just so happens that the business’ 13th anniversary is the day the fundraising drive ends.

As a Korean War veteran, the organization Beyond the Yellow Ribbon was close to Clarence’s heart.

“He was very much involved in what they’re all about. He really enjoyed being able to give back to veterans, but he’d give to anybody if you’d asked,” Harmer said. “We really wanted to do something in honor of and remembrance of Clarence. We really wanted to be able to remember him and to donate to a cause that he truly loved. This seemed like the right thing to do.”

The family-owned and -operated Clarence’s Recycling is located at 27973 Hwy. 65 N.E. in Isanti. For more information, call 763-444-9901 or find them on Facebook by searching for Clarence’s Recycling.

They are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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