Going beyond the easy fundraisers can be hard, but it’s important to do if you want to stand out from the crowd of typical fundraisers out there. Attempting fundraisers like a toner recycling drive might seem a little out there, but it’s good to make an impression. You can help an organization get rid of something they might throw away, and at the same time help companies be more green in a simple fashion.
These toner recycling drives can work in a variety of ways. Finding a company sponsor to collect cartridges is a good place to start. Some toner companies might offer to advertise or set up a fundraiser, using the publicity to benefit themselves while also contributing to the environment.
It shouldn’t be difficult to organize the toner recycling drive, but coming up with businesses that can donate might be hard. Talk to all the members of your non-profit to brainstorm. Put a bug in the ear of everyone you know that if a cartridge in their printer is empty, to send the plastic casing over to you. They should already have a deal with a cartridge recycling program, but could be willing to forego cartridges for a good cause.
You could also consider heading door-to-door to businesses asking if they have cartridges to donate. You can go to business parks and meet various organizations there. Chances are, if you provide detailed information, you will not only get supporters to help with your drive, but also inspire other companies to begin recycling their cartridges for the good of the planet.