School Bus Bins: A New Partnership in SoCal

Posted at August 24, 2015 | By : | Categories : Our Partners | 4 Comments

Are you familiar with School Bus Bins? You know, those iconic yellow recyclers that resemble a bus and collect clothing donations throughout the SoCal neighborhoods where we live, work and play! Most popular with young students and their parents, these cheerfully designed receptacles help raise funds each and every day for teachers and school projects throughout SoCal.

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To date there are a total of 80 of these bins, which used to be serviced by Renew Crew and are now owned and operated by ATRS. Donators who are already familiar with these wheeled recyclers know that their donations benefit local schools affiliated with the online charity, DonorsChoose.org.

According to DonorsChoose.org, this charity helps teachers and students raise much needed support for classroom projects through crowd-funding. Their ventures are overwhelmingly successful, with 70% of projects being funded completely. Their mission statement speaks for itself:

DonorsChoose.org engages the public in public schools by giving people a simple, accountable and personal way to address educational inequity. We envision a nation where children in every community have the tools and experiences needed for an excellent education.

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Our neighbors throughout the greater Los Angeles and San Diego communities are already familiar with the ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycling partnership that benefits Giving Children Hope. Our signature orange recyclers have seen exponential growth in parking lots of local retailers, malls, shopping centers and grocery stores, making it easy & convenient for residents to sustainably discard their unwanted textiles. We are excited about this venture in the Southern California market, and appreciate all the support we’ve received from local businesses, schools and families in the community.

Want to learn which project your textile donations helped fund? DonorsChoose.org provides a customized “thank you” from teachers and even students once school projects are complete. You can bookmark our Testimonials page to track the projects that you make possible, and follow the teacher or classroom where you are making a difference. Here is our note from July’s donation to Mrs. Linne, who received a new play kitchen for her kindergarten class:

“Dear ATRS SoCal: Thank you so very much for the wonderful playhouse furniture donation. The students and parents are very excited. I really appreciate your support to help make my transitional kindergarten a great year. Love, Mrs. Linne.”

So remember: your gently used, out of season, outgrown or unwanted clothing, shoes, toys and household textiles DO make a difference! Donate them into a bright yellow School Bus Bin and help support our monthly donation made directly to projects listed by teachers on DonorsChoose.org. Every pound of clothing, shoes and other textiles donated into the school bus bins is collected and weighed by ATRS and raises funds for students in our communities.

Get onboard and join us in supporting local teachers and classrooms. Find your nearest School Bus Bin by calling our 24-Hr Hotline at 866-900-9308 and start cleaning out those closets today!