Got a rubbish fundraising idea? Go for it!

There’s nothing normal about the new normal. While it’s clear that so many things have changed, one thing hasn’t: people like you are still determined to show you care for the poorest people on earth. And you are finding innovative and exciting ways to do this in the new landscape…

Fun runs, big coffee mornings and choir concerts are finally making a comeback! And we love seeing amazing fundraisers like you take on challenges that will help prevent disease, protect the planet, and provide jobs – so thank you! We’re here to help you fundraise in any way we can.

Step 1: Choose a date

Every day of the year is a great day to Twin a Bin (or two), but if you’re looking for an awareness day to build a fundraising idea around, then you could go for:

Step 2: Plan your fundraising event

Idea #1
Litter picking

A sponsored waste walk or litter-pick is a fun way to serve your local community, care for creation and raise funds for a Bin Twin. Here are our top tips…

Idea #2
Plastic-free picnic

In a safe way that complies with the government’s guidelines on social distancing, how about holding a plastic-free picnic with friends, family or a few work colleagues? Choose a date and challenge everyone to bring along their own lunch that does NOT include any single-use plastics (that means no cling film, plastic bags, plastic cutlery, plastic straws or disposable cups, no crisp packets or plastic sweet/chocolate wrappers). Here are some top tips on how to be plastic-free.

Idea #3
Set up shop

Sell, sell, sell all those unwanted items uncovered in lockdown, or use your creative skills to make and trade. Plants, keyrings, face masks…

Idea #4
Brave the shave

Get buzzing to raise some cash. Film and post your head shave online for maximum support.

Idea #5
Go the distance

Set yourself a running, cycling (or tap dancing) challenge… or, if you want to combine jogging with litter-picking, it’s apparently called plogging – and that might be a really great way to raise enough for a Bin Twin (or two)!

Idea #6
Donate your everyday

Home working means many city folks are missing their morning coffee on the commute. But there is an instant alternative: you could donate the money saved for a week, and challenge a colleague to do the same.

Those are just a few ideas, and we are pretty sure you can come up with even better ones…

We are with you every step of the way

You can fundraise through Just Giving. Or, maybe you could set up a Facebook fundraiser, or go vintage with pen and paper!

Next steps

Step 1: Choose your fundraiser

Step 2: Raise funds

Step 3: Pay in the funds via our Donate area or direct to our bank account

Paying direct to our bank

Donations can be made online via a BACS transfer:

Account name    Tearfund T/A Toilet Twinning

Bank                      Barclays

Account                53798860

Sort code             20-00-00

Do get in touch if you would like to talk through your fundraising ideas: email [email protected] or call 0300 303 3053 (9am and 5pm Monday to Friday).

Every £45 you raise will twin a bin with a sustainable project that is collecting people’s rubbish, disposing of it safely, recycling as much as possible, and promoting waste reduction.

We want to make sure that all your fundraising efforts are Covid-19 safe and within local guidelines, so please make sure you check and conform to up-to-date guidelines for your locality.

Inside waste bin

If you twin an inside bin, you could choose Pakistan and receive a small A7 sticker for something like a worktop composting bin (below left). If you twin with a larger inside bin such as a pedal bin, you could twin with Haiti and receive a medium A6 sticker (below right)


Outside wheelie bin

If you twin your external wheelie bin, recycling bin or garden waste bin, we’ll send you an A5 sticker featuring a photo of a plastics-recycling project in Uganda. And if you give us your house number, we will send you the number stickers so you can add those to your Bin Twin and give it a personalised touch! (We do not offer alphabet stickers, so if you live in a home without a number, we’ll send you a sticker without this feature.)