Cash for trash: fundraising recycling schemes
There are a range of fundraising recycling schemes that
will generate cash for your organisation, you just need to choose
which one suits you!
Clothing and textiles recycling
80% of clothing thrown away in the UK can be reused, because the
quality is so high. Some companies give a price per bag while
others pay by weight (Rags2Riches4Schools pay 40p per kilo!). The
more you collect, the more you earn. Items accepted vary between
companies, but many take shoes, handbags and children's toys as
well as clothing.
The collecting companies should provide all the necessary
resources, and don't worry about storage space - just arrange for
donations to be delivered the same day as the recycler collects.
This way the clothes can be loaded straight into the collecting
company's van, rather than building up in a storeroom or
Many companies offer resources, including posters and letters
for you to download, print and distribute as well as collection
TIP: You will have more success if you
run a campaign in spring or autumn, when people are changing from
summer to winter clothes or vice versa.
Printer cartridges recycling
You can raise around £1 per recyclable cartridge - some
companies pay a flat rate, others have a price list showing all the
cartridges they accept. Empties Please estimate that each
household six cartridges each year.
Apart from publicising the idea, all you need to do is collect
the cartridges. A large cardboard box or plastic dustbin is the
ideal collection bank. Be aware that some designs of cartridge can
leak residual ink, even after the printer has decided they are
empty. Make sure any collection bin is capable of containing such
Many companies will supply you with a recycle bin and charity
starter pack, posters to display in and around your charity
TIP: Could local businesses support your cause?
They could display a recyling bin in their offices to collect on
Currency, notes and coins recycling
According to British Airways, Britain alone hordes foreign coins
worth more than £30 million every year, because banks and bureaux
de change won't exchange them.
coins accept any currency from all corners of the globe,
including notes! They even change old UK, Irish and pre-euro
European coins. This means that while stashes of currency that your
supporters have may appear worthless to them, it could be worth
something to you! They also provide envelopes to go out to
supporters, press releases for local radio, etc.
If you collect 5kg or more delivery/collection is free. Your
coins are checked and an offer is made within 3-14 days.
TIP: To maximise support, promote this
just before and after school holidays and around ski season when
people are most likely to travel.
For an up-to-date list of companies offering recycling schemes,
head to our online suppliers directory.
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