Plank has always collected its bottles and cans (and paper, etc.), taking them out to be recycled during the regular city collection. Given that some of these recyclables have a small return value (5 to 10 cents each), we would leave them to whomever spotted them, or the city collection if no one got to them in time.
Recently, we felt that this small monetary value would be best suited as a donation to a worthy cause. As such, Plank is now on board with “Recycling for a cause”, a small nonprofit organization based in Montreal, that returns cans and bottles and donates 100% of the proceeds to cancer research. The organization made it all too easy for us to get on board, given that they come to our office on a weekly basis to collect the recyclables.
We are very pleased with the generosity of the organization, taking no overhead to run their operation in order to maximize donations. All those involved volunteer their time and efforts, which is a nice change from the number of nonprofits who take a sizeable chunk of the donations away from the cause.