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How to organize a scrap metal fundraiser


Organizing a scrap metal fundraiser is an innovative and inexpensive way to raise money for your organization or charity. Since collecting and selling scrap metal will ensure these items are recycled or reused instead of ending up in a landfill, this way of generating financial support is also good for the environment. Here are a few simple steps you can take to help you organize a successful scrap metal fundraiser.


Secure a space

Choose a location for your fundraiser such as a parking lot, flea market or warehouse. In addition, make sure you have somewhere to store the donated scraps. Many recycling companies offer bin rental services. Consider looking into these as a method to help you store your scrap metal. You can even set up storage bins outside of your organization or at other locations within your community. Alternatively, you can organize a direct drop-off for donations at your local scrap metal recycling facility.


Advertise your fundraiser

Be sure to come up with a solid marketing strategy prior to your event. You’ll want to spread the news about your fundraiser around your community to attract as many donations as possible. Here are a few ways to advertise for your event:


• Distribute fliers. Make sure to include the day, time and location of your fundraiser.

• Use social media. Post event details on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks.

• Contact the media. Advertising in your local newspaper, on the radio or with your local television network is an effective way to attract more donations.


Recruit volunteers


You’ll need volunteers to help collect and sort the scrap metal. Taking this step will earn you the most money possible for each donation. Keep in mind that copper, aluminum, brass, silver and other non-ferrous metals are more valuable than ferrous ones like steel and cast iron. You can tell them apart with the aid of a magnet, which will only to stick to ferrous metals. Check with your local recycling company to find out which metals can be scrapped and how much each one will earn.

Find a local recycling company

Search for an organization that accepts a broad range of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. General Recycling Industries is a trusted company in Edmonton that buys various scrap metals. You can find a full list of the materials we buy on our website.


Edmonton’s premier scrap metal recycling facility

General Recycling Industries is a proud supporter of local charities. Our facilities have state-of-the-art equipment and can handle all your scrap metal recycling needs. If you’re planning a scrap metal fundraiser, contact us to see how we can help.