Posted on: 2 November 2018
Raising funds for youth events is difficult. There's always some sort of hoagie sale going on, or someone is selling chocolate bars – those fund raisers can only do so much. One source of income that is so often overlooked is scrapping metal. There's metal all over just waiting to be hauled in for scrap metal recycling at the scrap yard. Here, you'll find a few ways to find the scrap metal that your youth group needs to raise the money for their next event.
There is always a whole lot of trash laying alongside the roadways. That trash could very well be your youth group's treasure.
Talk with the local municipality about organizing a litter pick-up. Explain to them what you are hoping to do. If you make arrangements to collect all of the recyclable metals that you come across during the clean-up, you'll be able to organize the trash as you work.
The last thing you're going to want to do is to go through those bags of trash twice. Instead of bagging everything together, get two different colors of bags – one for the trash, and one for the metal for recycling.
As your crew picks up the litter, you'll tie the bags and set them alongside the road for pick-up later that day or the next. When you reach the end of the road, you can come back with a truck to retrieve all of the bags with metals inside and leave the others for the municipality to pick up – unless your area doesn't provide the pick-up service, in which case, you'll also have to pick up the trash bags and take them to a dumpster where you're directed.
As long as you have one willing person to drive and pick up scrap from people's homes, you'll have access to lots of larger pieces. People just don't know what to do with old appliances and other metal objects that just don't fit in the trash – these people advertise their scrap with the hopes of finding someone that will pick it up and haul it away for them.
If you promote your fundraiser in the local classifieds, and keep looking for people offering scrap for pick up, you'll likely find yourself fairly busy taking load after load of scrap into for recycling.
These are just two ways to get your hands on the scrap that your youth group needs to pay for the next event. Who knows – this may end up being the go-to form of fundraising for the future!Share