Interested in raising money by collecting aluminium cans? Here's how to get started, with some handy tips to making your haul as big as possible!
It’s easy to get started – just follow these four simple steps!
- Contact your local cash from cans dealer
(a list can be found here).
- Enlist supporters
Ask your friends, and, if you’re collecting for charity, enlist local schools, businesses and shops to collect cans for you.
- Bring your cans to your local centre
They will give you 40-50 pence for each kilogram of cans. (A kilo is usually 65-70 cans.)
- Keep records of how much you’ve collected and how much money it’s raised
It’s a great way to get motivated to do more!
- Only aluminium cans are worth cash: look out for the ‘alu’ symbol.
- If the can doesn’t say what it’s made of, test the side with a magnet. Aluminium is NOT magnetic, so the magnet won’t stick.
- Remember aluminium cans are lighter than steel cans, as well as shinier, and do not rust.
- Save space by squashing your cans.
- If there’s a group collecting for a common cause, set up central collection points where people can drop off their bags of cans.
- To get more people involved, spread your message far and wide by telling the local papers what you’re doing. Don’t forget to update them!
- If you’ve got supporters collecting on behalf of your cause, make sure you update them regularly to tell them how the scheme is doing and remind them to do more.