Kids, Cans & Cash

Kids, Cans & Cash is a cooperative recycling outreach program between The City of High Point and Guilford County. It has a focus on teaching the importance of recycling while acting as a school wide fundraiser. It also serves with a mission to foster a culture of recycling in the community.


Kids, Cans & Cash is still ongoing, and we have extended the conclusion to November 18th, the Wednesday following America Recycles Day. 

All are still welcome to participate! If you are currently participating in Kids, Cans & Cash and the extension does not work for you please contact Laura McCoy ( ) so that we can work together for a solution.

We ARE still offering can pickups (registration form below)

We ARE still offering drop offs as well (information below)

Kids, Cans & Cash Overview

Kids, Cans & Cash has been designed to run from November 15 which is America Recycles Day to a conclusion on April 22, Earth Day. This year it has been extended to run from November 15, 2019 to November 18, 2020.

Many schools choose to participate because the program helps instill environmental stewardship in participating students, the funds from the program are helpful in financing field trips and the students find it fun!

To Register or Schedule a Pick Up:

Feel free to use the following forms to register or schedule a can pick-up at your convenience. Please note we can't accommodate more than 1 pick-up per school per month. 

Registration Form

Can Pickup

To Drop off Cans:

  • Make sure that all cans are bagged and each bag is clearly labeled with your school name
  • Take them to the High Point Material Recovery Facility at 5875 Riverdale Dr. Jamestown 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday
  • Please send an e-mail to or a text to 336-688-9316 so that we know to look for them and can record your weight immediately.
  • Please make sure to talk to someone at the facility so that they know that they are Kids, Cans & Cash cans (the office is on the far side of the building closest to the road.)

Forms and Documents

For questions, concerns or to schedule a pick-up not using the form please contact:

Lorelei Elkins- Guilford Planning & Development Department



Laura McCoy- High Point Recycling Program Coordinator


Kids Cans and Cash Graphic

The Rules:

  • All you have to do is have your school collect ALUMINUM BEVERAGE CANS (and aluminum beverage bottles).
  • Any elementary school in Guilford County can register to compete at any time between 11/15/19 and 11/18/20.
  • Every school that competes will get the money that they earn for their cans.
  • There will be an award banner given to the top three schools that collect the most cans per-capita.
  • Schools will receive all the money they earned from their efforts at the END of the competition AFTER November 18, 2020. 
  • Can prices are determined at a flat rate per pound.
  • Cans can be dropped off at the High Point Material Recovery Facility at 5875 Riverdale Dr. M-Th 7:30-4:30.  Anyone may drop off cans for the school or in a schools name.
  • Cans can also be scheduled for pickup by filling out the form below or contacting the administrators of the program (contact info below)
    • Please schedule no more than one pickup a month
  • Please bag in clear bags and label your bags of cans

There will only be banners and cash awarded. 

There will not be prizes, pizza, or a celebration.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Kids, Cans & Cash

  • Create Excitement!
    • Put up posters
    • Make morning announcements about it
    • Send home flyers with students
  • Enlist Volunteers
    • Ask student council or clubs to take part
    • Talk to your PTA about helping out
    • Ask local fire departments and civic groups to collect 
    • Ask parents to collect at their work place
  • Make Collection Easy
    • Have a centralized dropoff in your school
    • Place drop boxes near carpool to make it easy
How to arrange your cans for collection


What to DO to be successful

  • Collect only aluminum beverage cans and bottles
  • Rinse and dry cans
  • BAG cans only in clear plastic bags that are labeled with your school name
  • Involve your community in your school's collection efforts
  • Call your contact person for help and ideas


What you SHOULDN'T do

  • Include metal food cans or other types of metal
  • Store un-rinsed cans- they can attract pests
  • Use opaque bags
  • Forget to label your bags with your school name