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   Feb 22

Can Saving Trash Help Raise Money for Your Nonprofit?

“If you just leave your bag of garbage by your front door I’ll stop by and grab it on my way to work.”

This probably isn’t something most people Facebook message their friends about at 10:00 at night. But, not only is this really a message sent to me from a friend a few nights ago, but I also really did run and, excitedly, pull a bag of garbage I’d been saving for her out of the closet and set it by my front door.

Consisting of a few Malt-O-Meal cereal bags, a plastic shampoo bottle, two old toothbrushes, and several Valentine candy wrappers (oops, sorry waistline), the bag represented a couple weeks’ worth of saved objects that would normally have ended up in the Moorhead landfill.

Pam Rue, Vice President of the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (FMCT) Board of Directors, has started collecting trash as a means for raising funds for the nonprofit through an organization called TerraCycle. TerraCycle offers national programs, what they call “Brigades,” for otherwise non-recyclable or hard-to-recycle waste and, for most of their brigades, offers free shipping and a donation for the nonprofit for every piece of waste collected. The waste is then upcycled or recycled into new products which are then available for purchase at major retailers like Wal-Mart.

Anyone can sign up for the program and start sending in garbage. Pam says she’s already kept over 3,000 pieces of garbage out of the landfill and raised $70 for the FMCT. The project has also helped teach a lesson about waste management to her five-year-old son, who now stops to ask,” Do we recycle this?” before tossing anything into the trash can.

Helping raise funds for your favorite nonprofit while also lightening the load on our landfills is a win-win!

The FMCT is collecting:

  • Candy Bar Wrappers (any kind or size)
  • Chip Bags (any kind or size)
  • Malt-o-Meal Cereal Bags
  • Toothpaste tubes and Old Toothbrushes
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Lotion/Bodywash Bottles
  • Old Pens/Highlighters/Sharpies
  • Shredded Cheese Bags (any brand)

Choose from many different Brigades and register your nonprofit on the TerraCycle website:

To simple, green living,
Carrie Brusven

“You must be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Gandhi

Carrie Brusven is an Independent Green Irene Eco-Consultant based out of Moorhead, MN and her website can be found at Carrie offers Green Home Makeovers, “Go Green” Workshops/Parties, and Green Business Makeovers with Green Business Bureau Certification. Contact Carrie to book a workshop or a makeover for your home or small business:

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