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Recycling Event Fundraising Ideas

By: Garry Crystal - Updated: 12 Feb 2013 | comments*Discuss
Recycling Fundraising Fundraiser Event

Recycling fundraisers are an excellent way not only to raise money but to make people more environmentally aware. A recycling fundraiser can be a one off event or can be used as part of fundraising events throughout the year.

Why Hold a Recycling Fundraising Event

Recycling is a relevant issue to a great many people. A huge number of people are becoming environmentally aware and already recycle using bottle, paper and clothes banks. But there are many household products that can be recycled including products such as mobile phones and inkjet cartridges. In actual fact almost any product can be recycled at a fundraising event. The act of selling used products is the basic principle behind recycling.

Turning Recycled Goods into a Profit

There are plenty of places where used electronic items can be recycled for a profit. Mobile phones and inkjet cartridges are two of the most popular products that companies will pay money for. There are companies on the internet that will pay money for both of these products. Fundraising events can have stalls where these items can be donated by event attendees. This is also a good example of a recycling fundraising idea that can be used the whole year round within different fundraising events.

Get Local Businesses Involved in the Recycling Fundraiser

When it comes to products such as mobile phones and inkjet cartridges it will be beneficial to involve local businesses. Large offices use many inkjet cartridges per month and will usually send empty ones back to the suppliers. But getting in touch and asking them to donate a few will boost the amount that can be recycled. Businesses do of course have many employees and most employees will have at least one old mobile phone. Getting local businesses involved will help to greatly boost the amount of items that can be recycled.

Recycles Clothes during a Fundraiser

Clothes are another easily recycled item and there is more than one way to recycle them. Used or unwanted clothes can be sold during a fundraiser for cash with proceeds going towards chosen causes. But another way of recycling clothes for a good cause is simply to collect the clothes at fundraisers and hand them directly to charity shops. The clothes will then be sold with the proceeds going directly to charities. Fundraisers can also choose to donate clothes to organisations where the clothes will be sent to developing countries to be reused.

Getting the Community Involved

One way to get the community involved before a recycling event is to place recycling bins in appropriate locations such as businesses and schools. Contacting recycling companies or the cause that money is being raised for may result in obtaining recycling bins free of charge. These can then be placed at different locations such as shops and local businesses. Media companies such as local newspapers, radio and television stations are ideal locations to leave recycling bins. Fundraisers can also use this as opportunity to obtain some free publicity through the media outlets.

Recycling as Part of an Eco Fundraiser

Recycling can be used as just one element of a larger eco fundraiser. Environmental issues are a hot topic and there are plenty of environmental causes that can be donated to. Eco fundraisers can include many different elements such as:

  • Talks from green campaigners on a range of environmental issues with donations during and after the talk
  • Donations from companies that make energy efficient and green products that can be auctioned off
  • Food and drink from locally sourced ingredients by local manufacturers that can be sold
  • Selling organic food and other organic products
  • Holding raffles with a tree planted in the winner’s name
  • Selling products such as calendars made from recycled paper
  • Selling used goods of any kind is recycling in its purest form
A recycling fundraiser is something that the whole community can easily become involved in without much effort. Recycling can be slotted into most fundraising events as a way to raise money and does not have to be a single fundraising event. Recycling fundraisers are inexpensive to run and the actual outlay is minimal. Recycling events are well worth considering as a way to make people more environmentally aware and raise money.

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