Sports Medal Recycling

We recycle extra and unwanted road race, endurance event, sport and academic medals and use the proceeds to fund 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.

2020 Coronavirus update: April 3, 2020: Please DO NOT ship in any medals at this time. We are complying with local guidelines regarding non-essential operations. Please click here for more information.

Race Directors with 2020 canceled events and unused medals: here are to help.

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.  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 90,000 pounds of materials.

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

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, rugby, skating, kid’s races, bike rides, 5Ks, 10Ks, age group awards, mud runs, fencing, relays, cheerleading, senior games, century rides, 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.

Shipping Address for Medals (no drop offs):
Sports Medal Recycling
679 Washington St
Unit #8-135
South Attleboro, MA 02703

Our shipping address is secure and can receive USPS, UPS, or Fedex. Your boxes are protected from bad weather or package theft. We will gladly accept medals shipments from anywhere in the world- in fact we’ve already received shipments from all 50 states and from four countries!

DON’T BE SCAMMED! SAFETY NOTE: We have learned that copycat and fake organizations are using our name and text from our website and social media posts.  Our address is in South Attleboro, MA, United States.  Any group with a different address (in the USA or another country), or a similar-sounding name, is not affiliated with us.

New for 2020! We can now accept and recycle silver plated cups, plates and award trays. These must metal items only, with no wood or glass portions.

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.

This is a win-situation for everyone:

  • Race and event organizers- know that your extra, unwanted, or overstocked medals and medals from canceled events will be recycled and kept out of landfills (plus you’re not paying to store old medals).
  • Athletes and individuals- clear out any old medals you had at home that you no longer want, and know that they are going to a greater purpose.

PLEASE DO NOT send the following items as we cannot process them:

  • Do not send trophies of any kind.  Please check out the Nationwide Trophy Recycling Program. They can re-purpose trophies that are in good condition.  We are not affiliated with them, but we are often asked about what people can do with old trophies, and was the national resource that we found.
  • Please do not send: Plaques of any kind; medals or awards made of glass, wood, ceramic, foam, or plastic; banners (cloth or plastic).  If these are sent, unfortunately they will go in the trash.
  • Do not send in the plastic cases and foam inserts some medals come in. These are not recyclable and will be thrown out.   
  • 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 items appropriately instead of sending them to us.

Shipping Tips:

For packing: if the medals do not completely fill the box you’re using, please enclose the medals in plastic wrap, bubble wrap, air bags, paper, cardboard or newspaper (we can recycle all of these). Do not use Styrofoam or packaging peanuts for packing- we cannot recycle them (and they typically get crushed in shipment from the weight of the medals). 

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!

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.

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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