Responsible Ways to Avoid Landfill for Trophies and Medals

A gold medal trophy with jewelry accessories, pendant, and wristwatch.

Trophies and medals are often cherished mementos of achievement and success. However, when they start to gather dust on a shelf or get forgotten in a box, it might be time to consider giving them a new life. Here are some responsible methods to avoid sending trophies and medals to the landfill:

  • Reuse: If the trophies or medals are still in good condition, consider reusing them for other purposes. They can be repurposed as decorative items, bookends, or even as unique plant markers in the garden.
  • Donation: Some local organizations, schools, or sports clubs may accept donations of trophies and medals. They can be used as prizes for events or competitions, giving them a chance to shine once again.

Since trophies and medals are typically made of a combination of materials such as metal, plastic, and sometimes glass, it's important to separate the different components before recycling. Check with your local recycling program to see if they accept these items, and if so, how they should be prepared for recycling. If the trophies or medals have a wooden base, the wood can be recycled or repurposed as well.