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From Keys to Cars: You Can Make A Difference

Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman
From keys to cars, anything you can donate will make a difference in the lives of your neighbors.

The American Red Cross and Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman have teamed up for a “Metal for the Mission” program that will enable residents from throughout the Southern Tier and Central New York to turn their spring cleaning into support for the Red Cross.

From now through June 30, everyone who brings their unwanted scrap metal to one of four Ben Weitsman locations can donate the money they’ll receive for it to the Central New York Region of the American Red Cross. The donor needs to mention the American Red Cross, and 100 percent of the donation will go to Red Cross services throughout the region.

“The Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, and we’re extremely grateful to Ben Weitsman for its support with this ‘Metal for the Mission’ program,” said Shelley Bierwiler, Community Executive of the American Red Cross of the Southern Tier. “From keys to cars, anything you can donate will make a difference in the lives of your neighbors.”

Here are the four participating Weitsman locations:

  • 10 Brandywine Highway, Binghamton (607-724-3244)
  • 105 Cherry St., Ithaca (607-273-1222)
  • 15 W. Main St., Owego (607-687-2780)
  • 333 Bridge St., Solvay (315-488-3171)
  • Hours for all locations: M-F 6 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

    As the East Coast’s largest privately held scrap metal processor, Weitsman will accept all metal items, from smaller objects such as cans and vacuum cleaners to larger items such as appliances and cars. Residents who donate their money will receive a receipt with the value of the items donated, and 100 percent of the donation will go to the Red Cross.

    “The American Red Cross is a fantastic organization and helps so many in need throughout the region as well as internationally,” said Adam Weitsman, owner of Ben Weitsman, Inc., and Upstate Shredding. “We are proud to be a part of the scrap metal donation program, which gives people another great way to donate and help those who need assistance.”

    About the Cause:

    The Central New York Region covers 16 counties, including Broome, Tioga, Tompkins and Onondaga. The money the Red Cross receives through this program will go toward Red Cross services throughout the region. Those services include preparing the public for disasters, responding to disasters, offering health and safety classes, hosting blood drives, and providing emergency communication and assistance for members of the Armed Forces and their families.

    About Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman:

    Upstate Shredding-Ben Weitsman is the East Coast's largest privately held scrap metal processor, with 15 locations throughout New York and Pennsylvania. The company will process approximately 1 million tons of ferrous and 250 million of nonferrous metal by 2014. The company was recently recognized as one of the largest scrap metal companies (both public and private) in North America by Recycling Today and was AMM and Platts finalist for scrap metal company of the year.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit