You can also
hold a month long drive and still bring in substantial
profits. People like to contribute to
recycling efforts because it makes them feel that they are
participating in preserving the environment and it doesn't cost
them any money. It's a win-win
situation. Recycling can bring in good publicity for
your club or group.
items your group can recycle for money are:
Cell Phones -- It
is estimated that 100 million cellphones are replaced
every year. Throwing away cellphones is not good for the
environment. Cell phones that end up in landfills contain
toxic materials such as lead, cadmium, mercury and materials
that can degrade into arsenic.
There are quite a few companies
that work with nonprofit organizations to recycle
cellphones. When you contact the recyling company they
will let you know their policies on which types of cell phones
they will accept and how much they will pay for each one.
Generally, a cellphone has to be in working order, and
have the batteries, sim card and recharger it came with. Most
companies want you to collect a minimum number of phones, such
as twenty or one hundred before you send them in.
Cellphone recyclers usually send you shipping containers and
pay for the postage. If a phone is not in good enough shape to
be refurbished you can still send it in. It will be recycled in
an environmentally friendly manner but you may not receive any
money for it.
Inkjet Printer and Toner
Cartridges - Do a search on the
internet for "inkjet recycling for fundraising" and
you will find many companies that do this. Some
of them also do cellphone recycling. Most of these
companies will send your organization a recycling information
kit. You will receive a list of what brands of inkjet and toner
cartridges to collect and how much they will pay for each
one. Some recyclers will guarantee you $3.00 per
cartridge. The cartridges should be in "virgin" condition,
which means that they have not been previously refilled or
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Newspapers - Follow the guidelines for bundling
newspapers and take them to your local newspaper recycling
Aluminum Cans and
household products - In addition to
aluminun cans, household products such as foil, pie plates
can be recycled. Other recycleable aluminm products
are: automobile wheels, awnings, barbecue grills,
baseball bats, bikes,
bumpers, canoes, radiators, fencing, ladders,
etc. You can recycle brass and copper products as well.
Search online for recyclers in your area.
recycling programs not only raise money they benefit the
environment. Over the course of a year
your organization can easily make $2,000 to $4000 without too
much effort. Set up donation boxes in central
locations where your members can drop off their items to
be recycled. Or, have a monthly neighborhood pick up and
walk through your neighborhood.