Sports Medal Recycling

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We recycle extra and unwanted road race, endurance event, sport and academic medals and use the proceeds to make donations for charity road race bibs and endurance events with fundraising minimums. Help keep recyclable metal, textiles, plastic and cardboard out of landfills and help support some great 501c3 nonprofit organizations. Our service is free.

Learn more about us and see the answers to our most frequently asked questions here.

Sports Medal Recycling is a group of athletes that recycle unwanted and extra medals from road races and sport events/competitions. We use the proceeds for our charity fundraising minimums for road race bibs or event entries (or we donate to support other athletes that are fundraising).  We can also recycle academic and achievement medals.  Medals can be sent in at any time: we process shipments year-round.   Since 2016, we have recycled over 100,000 pounds of materials. We are an all-volunteer team, from the medal processing/recycling to website maintenance to donation distribution to tax filing.

We welcome individuals, groups, race directors and event organizers to send in sport and academic medals. There is no charge to recycle with us. We welcome to you send in extra, unused, or no-longer-wanted medals from any sport, including: road races, triathlons, obstacle course events, skiing, rowing, swimming, volleyball, wrestling, baseball, rugby, skating, kid’s races, bike rides, 5Ks, 10Ks, age group awards, mud runs, fencing, relays, cheerleading, senior games, virtual races, collegiate medals, etc.  Bottle opener or key chain medals are welcome!  Academic medals are welcome too! We have processed medals for honor societies, reading awards, etc. NO TROPHIES OR PLAQUES PLEASE.

OUR SHIPPING ADDRESS:

Sports Medal Recycling
679 Washington St Unit 8-135
South Attleboro, MA 02703

(No Drop Offs)

ONLINE SAFETY- DON’T BE SCAMMED:

  • We do not have any other addresses or locations besides our Massachusetts, USA address.
  • We do not have chapters in any other country.
  • If someone is using our name, or gives you an address other than the above, IT IS A SCAM/FRAUD.
  • We will never ask you for money or donations.
  • We will never send you an email asking for your medals.
  • We will never offer to make or sell you medals.

Our Process

This is a complete recycling program.  We recycle the cardboard shipping boxes, and any newspaper, paper or cardboard used in shipping.  We recycle the metal from the medals.  We send the ribbons to textile recycling.  All plastic bags, air mailer bags and bubble wrap go to plastics recycling.

  • PLEASE DO NOT SEND TROPHIES OF ANY KIND.
  • DO NOT SEND: Plaques of any kind; medals or awards made of glass, wood, ceramic, foam, or plastic; banners (cloth or plastic).
  • NO STYROFOAM OR PACKAGING PEANUTS- they get destroyed in transit.
  • NO BUTTONS.
  • NO RIBBONS THAT DO NOT HAVE A MEDAL- if they are long rectangular ribbons- these are not true textiles and we can’t recycle them.
  • NO PLASTIC MEDAL CASES OR FOAM INSERTS. These are not recyclable in our area and will be thrown out.  
  • NO RUSTED OR DISCOLORED MEDALS: These may not be safe for us to handle.
  • While recycling is our goal, the safety of our volunteers comes first.  If you have medals that were damaged or ruined by fire, flood, mold, mildew, or pets- if the medals aren’t safe for you to handle or keep, then they’re not safe for us to handle either.  Please dispose of these.

Shipping Tips:

For packing: if the medals do not completely fill the box you’re using, use bubble wrap, air bags, paper, cardboard or newspaper (we can recycle all of these). Medals do not need to be wrapped individually- the key is they just need to not shake or slide around the box.  We find this damages the boxes in transit. 

If you have leftover cloth bags (cinch, drawstring or tote) from events or races, you can use the bag in place of newspaper or bubble wrap to ship the medals. This actually helps us as we use the cinch bags to transport the ribbons to textile recycling! Some people have also used old race shirts for packaging (we can recycle these!)

Cheapest shipping options: USPS Flat Rate boxes (one rate for up to 70 pounds).  These boxes are available for free at your local post office or via an online order, and are available in small, medium and large flat rate sizes.  Please carefully tape the boxes, including all openings, to ensure the box doesn’t break in transit due to the weight of the medals.

Ship as a group: we’ve had workplaces, gyms, running clubs and teams collect medals together and ship them in one box to save on postage.

About our Fundraising Efforts- Where the Proceeds Go

We regularly make donations or fundraise ourselves to participate in events like charity rides or to participate in road races.  Some events we participate in require a fundraising minimum for a race bib or event entry.  If we are not actively fundraising for an event, then we donate to other athlete’s fundraising efforts.

You can view screenshot examples of donations made to athlete fundraising efforts here. 

We only make donations to fundraising efforts that support registered 501(c)3 nonprofits in the United States only.  We do not make any donations to requests to help individuals.


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