If you want to partner with a local business, restaurant, or store to help increase collections and raise awareness of your recycling efforts, it’s important to approach them in a friendly manner and show the business how you can help them, not just how they can help you. In addition to a letter of invitation, you should give them a flyer and photos of your Brigade boxes and collections so they can understand what you are talking about. It’s a good idea to also give them your contact information so they can get in touch if they have questions, or after thinking about what you’ve asked.
In your letter of invitation, explain who you are, why you are collecting, where you already collect, and how collections work. When you address the letter, try to individualize it. Find out the name of the manager, and address it to them. Explain what you collect, and how the money raised will be used. Also be sure to tell them it is a good local PR and marketing opportunity that will help drive traffic to their stores.
Dear Mr./Mrs. Manager,
Here at TerraCycle Elementary, we have a recycling “Brigade” that collects traditionally non-recyclable items including chip bags, drink pouches, and pens. We send the trash to TerraCycle, an upcycling and recycling company, and we earn money for each item we send in.
We would like to ask you if you would participate in our collection “Brigade” as a drop-off point. This would involve having a box or two in which people from the community could put these non-recyclable items. We would provide signs explaining the boxes, and we would empty the boxes twice a week. Having the collections from your store would help us increase the amount of wrappers we could send in, and increase the money that we raise for our school.
Having a collection box at your store would also increase foot traffic to your store, and increase your store’s presence in our community. The store could also be mentioned on flyers. On top of the environmental and charity benefit, the store will be able to help support a local school and distinguish itself.
When we spread the word about our collections, the store will be mentioned as a supporter of the Brigade and as a drop off location – which will help bring customers in to your store!
We appreciate your consideration and your support of our school and fundraising efforts!
It’s important that the store understands how both of you and the community can benefit from having the boxes! Also, don’t pressure them to make a decision on the spot – that makes likely to say no because they haven’t had time to think. Tell them you’ll follow up a week later to see if they are interested.
Have you ever approached one of your local businesses to serve as a drop off point or collaborate with your school or organization? How did you do it? How did it turn out? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll have a chance to be spotlighted on the blog!