Cash for your school!

Many schools are looking for easy ways to raise funds to spend on special projects and activities. Recycling schemes that help you exchange unwanted or used items for cash are one option.

We’ve selected a few to get you started.

Empties Please

Over 2,000 schools, businesses and charities recycle using Empties Please. They will accept ink cartridges, giving you £1 for every original branded cartridge and 50p for every remanufactured or refilled cartridge. In addition, your school will receive ‘Green Points’ for your recycling activity. These points can be redeemed for green goodies for your school such as bulbs, trees, bird houses, hedgehog houses and bug boxes. It is free to join and free to send in your cartridges to be recycled.

Recycling for Schools

They will take your unwanted and used inkjet cartridges. You sign up online for free and download a freepost recycling label to send in your goods. You’ll also find posters and banners to print and put up around school to promote the scheme. You can earn up to £3.50 per cartridge – a pricing guide is available on the Recycling for Schools website.


This is very popular with schools, with over 20,000 schools having joined the scheme since 2001. They ask schools to donate unwanted good quality textiles and they will arrange a pick-up free of charge. They will collect clothing, paired shoes, bags, hats, scarves, jewellery, belts and soft toys – amongst other items. The current rate is £400 per tonne.

Phil the Bag 

Another free scheme for schools to recycle textiles including clothing, hats, shoes, belts, handbags and household textiles including sheets, pillow cases, duvet covers, curtains and towels. They will arrange free collections from your school as well. They are currently paying £350 per tonne.

Boost your funds!

Ask local businesses to join in and collect ink cartridges and textiles for you. Ask them if you can put a collection box in your office.

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