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Recycling for Charity

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.

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:

  1. Cans: Recycling your old cans is a great way to make some cash for charityThink Cans has compiled a handy database where you can search for the closest place to you that will turn your cans to cash. You can probably get 40p-50p per kilo, although the price does vary. You could also try contacting your local council to see where your local service might be.
  2. Clothes/Textiles: Many people take old clothing directly to charity shops but there are several companies that will collect for you. Rags to Riches is very popular for schools seeking donations or wanting to fundraise for a charity, and they promise a 100% efficient service as well as 50p per kilo.
  3. Ink Cartridges: Most ink cartridges are able to be recycled, and there are some companies that collect them in exchange for cash which you can then donate to your cause. Recycle for Charity have raised over £1m for great causes and offer a range of services, including recycling ink cartridges.
  4. Hair: This may seem like a wild idea but donating hair after a trip to the hairdressers is something that Cancer Research appeals for on behalf of other cancer charities. Your unwanted hair will then be used to create natural looking wigs for cancer patients who have lost their own hair.
  5. Mobile Phones: With people updating to the latest phone models every year or so, most of us will have an old mobile lying around. Instead of it collecting dust, why not recycle it and then donate the money you earn from it to charity? Many companies buy used mobile phones, and Compare and Recycle can help you find the best deals.
  6. Stamps: Citadel Stamps is a company that collects used stamps to recycle. They pay charities £7.50 for every kilo of stamps you send them, and accept any postage stamp from around the world. They also have a fundraising account on eBay where they’ll sell rare stamps, donating 90% of the proceeds to charity.