#FundFriday: Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE!

Raise your tuition and help planet Earth this new year.


These days, many items can be recycled for money — not just aluminum cans. By participating in this fundraiser, you’ll raise funds for your Summit tuition and do the earth a favor by reducing waste otherwise destined for landfills.


Containers made of glass, plastic, and aluminum are the most commonly recycled items. They’re easy to collect, and recycling centers that offer cash for them are plentiful. Get in touch with local schools, stores, churches, or your parents’ workplaces to see if they’ll give you their plastic and aluminum recyclables. The cleaning staff at those facilities may even be willing to schedule times when you can pick-up the bottles and cans in bulk.

If you can manage to collect an entire ton of aluminum cans, for example, you’ll earn around $2300! That’s the majority of your tuition right there. Of course, this does require a lot of time, energy, and patience, but if you’re willing to put in the effort, the rewards can be great.


It seems like everyone has a junk drawer in their home with a pile of tangled electronics’ cords, forgotten trinkets, and old cell phones. (You know the one we mean!) Why not turn those old cell phones into cash? There are quite a few online companies who offer recycling services for cell phones. You can even sell newer models on eBay with help from your parents. Reselling on eBay is also an option for other electronics like gaming systems or laptops you no longer use. You’d be surprised by what people will buy!


Another abundant source of recyclable materials is cardboard boxes and paper. Reach out to local businesses, churches, schools, family, and friends to start collecting the recyclable paper and boxes they no longer need. Remember, clean white paper will put more cash in your pocket than printed scrap paper, but both can be recycled.

Oftentimes, when people move, they need to get rid of their old moving boxes in a hurry. Talk to your parents about setting up alerts on Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist for postings of free moving boxes. This is an easy and free way to get a lot of cardboard in a short amount of time.

The website below is also a great resource if you’re considering the cardboard and paper route: https://wellkeptwallet.com/sell-cardboard-for-cash/

Good luck on your recycling-for-cash fundraising endeavors!

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By Emily Hanson

Emily loves helping families find the perfect fundraising idea and hearing how motivated they are to crush their fundraising goals.