Recycling for donations is great for the planet and for your cause, and acts a nice little bonus to any other fundraising you might do in your local community.
Recycling is a simple way to raise extra funds for your charity, and a great way to get a school, workplace or local community involved. It’s usually best to recycle for donations on top of other fundraising ideas as it can be quite time consuming and often relies on the public’s own efforts. It takes someone in the habit of thinking about your charity to be in the habit of collecting and recycling for your cause as well.
How to recycle for charity
There are several ways that your charity can get involved in recycling for donations. While one involves running a recycling event for people to bring unwanted belongings to, others include getting involved in schemes for recycling specific items.
A table top sale where you ask people to donate unwanted items to sell can be a great one-off fundraising event or an add-on to something you’re already doing. You should start by advertising your recycling sale and asking people to bring in their items. Suggest categories, like bric-a-brac, household items, clothing and toys, and develop a pricing system for them.
You could make the charity event extra special by getting a well-known person (whether it’s a local celebrity or the boss of your workplace) to have their own stall. People will come and have a nosey- and hopefully purchase an item or two!
If you’ve already organised some sort of recycling for donations scheme at your local school, why not incorporate the idea of recycling into the curriculum? This could help urge students to not only get involved with preserving the planet but also in raising money for worthy causes.
If having an event is too much effort or not an option for you right now, why not get involved in one of the following recycling schemes:
Recycling for charity success stories
Many charities and organisations have had great success with recycling for donations schemes. Here you can take a look at a great story from a primary school in Stourbridge that managed to raise hundreds of pounds during their October recycling month.
St James C.E. Primary School collected unwanted items and either sold them in a jumble sale or made use of businesses like musicMagpie (for CDS and DVDs) and Bag2School (for leftover items). They also appealed to the local community for unwanted bikes which they sold on their behalf, taking a 20% fee which then went to charity.
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