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VOL. 125 | NO. 236 | Monday, December 6, 2010

Jeremy Park

Give Back by Recycling

JEREMY PARK

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Last week, we took a look at how you can weave giving back into your business by outsourcing certain projects to nonprofits. This week, let us explore how you can use recycling in both your business and personal life to support charitable organizations.

Recycling, in general, creates a win-win. It is a cornerstone in “going green” and helping reduce waste and space in landfills. It is good for our community and can be a great lesson to teach our children, in terms of responsibility. Plus, recycling can be a source of extra income, which you can use to give back and raise funds for nonprofits you support.

Just saving cans and bottles at home, then recycling them each month, can be a nice tradition to start with your family. Take it to the next level: Encourage coworkers or friends to do the same and combine funds to donate each month. You can make it a competition in which the one with the highest volume wins all the proceeds for his favorite nonprofit.

You can also encourage your nonprofit to promote a recycling campaign. One of my favorites is Ronald McDonald House Charities’ Pop-Tab-Palooza (www.rmhmemphis.org). Throughout the year, they encourage everyone to save the pop tabs on various cans. Then, in October, they host a celebration to gather the pop tabs for recycling. They have prizes and make it a contest to see who can bring in the most money. Each year this event raises many thousands of dollars for Ronald McDonald House of Memphis.

At our house, we have a coffee can we keep on the kitchen counter. We are teaching our children that each time they drink a soda, they should place the pop tab in the coffee can to help the kids and families at Ronald McDonald House. This is one way for us to teach them giving back in a fun way. Plus, when friends drink a soda or see the coffee can, it becomes a conversation starter. At this point, we have encouraged many others to join the effort, and my parents, who live in Texas, now send us their pop tabs each month to add to the collection.

West Tennessee Family Solutions (www.wtfs.org), which is an organization helping adults with developmental disabilities, has a great approach to recycling for your business. They have recycling bins that they can place around your office and pick up once or more a month. The money that is generated allows them to offer full-time employment to three of their adults. This makes for a great win-win where you can recycle and support a worthwhile nonprofit in the process.

Let us now see if we can take the act of recycling to the next level by using it to help nonprofits.

Jeremy Park, director of communications at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance and director of the Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club, can be reached at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com.

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