Self Storage Company Turns Garbage into Money for Charity

Posted on Oct 25 2012 - 9:33pm by Tony Gonzalez

Often times self storage units are used to store things that people no longer need, but can’t bring themselves to throw away just yet. This figurative ‘garbage’ has led to the explosion in popularity of self storage auctions were people hope to find a needle in the haystack or see if another man’s trash could yield a treasure for them.

There are some within the self storage industry that have figured out a way to turn some trash into treasure, but in this case it is literally trash.

Armadillo Self Storage in Stockton-on-Tees (in the UK) will be looking to help turn cardboard into money for charity With the help of J&B Recycling the self storage facility will be collecting cardboard from the different business and domestic clients that the facility has. 

That cardboard will then be recycled with the money to go to two charities, the Butterwick Childrens Hospice and Cash for Kids. 

Butterwick Hospice is an organization that helps care for children with life threatening or limiting illnesses. Cash for Kids is actually the umbrella for a number of local charities in organizations throughout the UK whose work is geared towards helping underprivileged and sick children in their respective areas.

This isn’t the first time that Armadillo Self Storage has tried to give Butterswick Children’s Hospice a helping hand. In May of this year the facility donated a storage unit to help collect clothes and other things that Butterswick could sell in order to help fund the organization.

“We were delighted to help out such a worthwhile local charity and look forward to working with them in the future on local fundraising events,” said Scott McDonald of Armadillo Self Storage.

It’s actually not the first time that the facility has made use of cardboard boxes to raise money for charity. During the 2009 Holiday season the company donated 130 boxes so that 102 people could have somewhere to sleep. They were not giving them to homeless people, however, but a group of volunteers that were going to live out of a box for the night in order to raise funds and awareness for a local shelter, Mail’s Home.

In total, the group that included a diverse cross-section of people from politicians to college students and even a couple of reporters raised £15,000. 

And you thought that cardboard box your refrigerator came in was only good as a play toy for the kids!

Sources Used:

“Armadillo and J&B Recycling make a difference recycling cardboard.” Big Yellow Self Storage; 23 October 2012.

“Stockton Armadillo do their bit for Teesside hospice charity.” Big Yellow Self Storage; 25 May 2012.

“Armadillo Boxes Build Cardboard City for Mail’s Home at Christmas Campaign.” Big Yellow Self Storage; 10 December 2009.