Company Reclaims 300,000 Pounds of Lead from Weston Trap Club

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

The Weston Trap Club is just about finished cleaning up millions of tiny BBs from decades of trapshooting.

"We needed money, because if you notice our club house down there, we put a big new addition on and we have to pay for it," Jack Morris, a club board member laughed.

Morris had heard about other clubs cleaning up lead left behind from shooting clay pigeons for a profit.

He had the idea three years ago, and finally the project is almost complete.

"We had to go through a long DNR process and a Corps of Engineers process because this is considered a wetland," Morris said.

The club is working with a company out of Menomonie that uses a machine to sift through the soil and collect the lead. They then trade it in for cash.

"Here it took a lot longer than most trap ranges because the ground's really wet here and it's hard to run through the machine when its really wet," said Curt Sattler, who's working for K and S Jack Enterprises.

Amazingly, the company believes they've collected 300,000 pounds of lead.

At 70 cents per pound the trap club hopes to make at least $70,000 dollars from all the lead that's littered their fields for more than 50 years.

The club gets 35 percent for the first 200,000 pounds and 40 percent for everything else. The reclaiming company gets the rest.

The lead will be used to make batteries and the club will use the money to stay afloat. Membership has been down during the recession.

Morris hopes to get a program going to clean up the field about every ten years.

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