We started recycling unused medals for a local race director in 2016, and grew from there!
We are a group of athletes that regularly fundraise for donations to participate in charity endurance events such as half marathons, marathons, and bike rides. We saw that local and regional race directors had boxes of unclaimed or extra race medals (from either over-ordering or from weather-related event cancellations), and were just throwing them out. We also heard from people who had sports or academic medals that they had collected over the years and no longer wanted. They were looking for something they could do with them instead of throwing them in the trash.
Rather then letting all these extra and unwanted medals go to landfills, we work with a local scrap metal company to get these medals recycled.
We also work with local textile recycling to get any ribbons recycled (the ribbons are shredded and become insulation, carpeting or other textile products).
Have you worked with Sports Medal Recycling for your event?