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Trophy Recycling Services

Yes, we’re still receiving your trophies during Covid19.

Click here to listen to the recycling instructions.

Total Awards & Promotions, in Madison, Wisconsin has been the only business to consistently operate a trophy recycling program in the United States. Instead of throwing away your trophies in the landfill, we will recycle your trophies and donate rebuilt trophies to non-profits. 

What makes it different than just recycling the content, is we help you pay it forward by rebuilding new trophies (out of your recycled parts) and donating them to 501c3 non-profits nationwide. Click here to learn more about the program and apply for your non-profit.

Trophy Recycling is now a flat fee of $20 per ticket 

Our recycling fee of $20 recycles up to 25 trophies. When you pay for your recycling fee, you will be emailed an invoice with your ticket number on it.  

Write that ticket number on your box(es). No more than 25 trophies per box, per ticket.

You may use more than one box to ship your trophies to us, but you must put your ticket number on all of your boxes. Again, only 25 trophies per ticket.

We understand there are many of you who have hundreds of trophies. If you have more than 25 trophies, you can purchase another recycling ticket for additional trophies. 

We can no longer take over sized boxes with more than 25 trophies. And will not accept any pallet sized deliveries. Please do not drop off open containers, that means no buckets with the trophies sticking out. We cannot stack those and have no room. If you drop them off, they will be refused.

If you are dropping off at our location, you must leave the boxes or containers with the trophies and have your ticket number written on the boxes or affixed to the buckets. You need to pay online to get your ticket number. We will no longer take payment when you drop off. If you arrive without a ticket number we will ask you to use your phone to pay online and get a number.

Please check our list of items we do not take or cannot recycle, so that you don't waste any money on shipping. We have a lot of rules because people keep sending us items that we don't recycle, sending unwrapped trophies that arrive broken, and sending us boxes we cannot lift. So, no oversized or boxes over 50 lbs.

All sales are final. If you purchase a recycling ticket we cannot refund your purchase. As once a ticket number is released it cannot be refunded.
 Products (Total Items: 1)
Trophy Recycling Services Ticket
Trophy Recycling Services Ticket
Online Price: $20.00
Click on the link above to recycle, After you purchase recycling, you will get a ticket number, place that number on the outside of your boxes before sending. Boxes without the # may be returned.

You then must pay to ship your trophies to us or drop them off at our location. Free shipping is noted so the shopping cart does not add shipping costs to your recycling.

1. Read what we accept and what we can't take (below)

2. Count the trophies you need recycled. You can recycle 25 trophies per ticket.

3. Click on the link above to purchase recycling.

4. After you pay, you'll get an invoice with a ticket number. Put that ticket # on your boxes.

5. The invoice will say "free shipping" so our shopping cart software doesn't charge you shipping. If you choose to ship the trophies to us, it's at your own expense.

6. Wrap your trophies in bubble wrap or paper and ship to us or drop off, in your boxes.

7. All sales are final, so please do not pay for recycling and then email us that you want your money back.

8. We do not have a reduced rate for those who take their trophies apart.

Please Do Not Call Us BEFORE you read the entire page- Everything is answered here.

Frequently Asked Questions

~Do you know of a recycling program in our area?

No. We are the only ongoing recycling program that "pays it forward" in the US. There are other stores that will take your trophies, but we don't know about a program like ours in your area.

~Do you pay for shipping?
No, we don't pay for shipping, but you can drop off for FREE Monday through Friday.

~Do we recycle Medals?
No, we re-use medals by donating them to non-profits. They must be without engraving. We are unable to melt down the medals and properly recycle them, so we can only accept un-engraved, blank sport and academic medals. That means we can't take medals that have your event, name, or organization on it. They can only be generic.To recycle imprinted medals, go to:

~Do we accept Plaques for recycling?
We only accept real wood plaques, and not laminate plaques with a veneer. The veneer rips off when we remove the plates, making them un-usable. With real wood we can change the engraved plate and donate it to a non-profit. Please check the back of the plaque for the hanger area, you will see if it is real or a laminate on top of press-wood

We are not accepting plaques during Covid.

~Do we have to pay to recycle Medals, Plaques or Awards other than Trophies?

No, you don't have to pay, we recycle those for FREE, as they don't have to be broken down. If you are sending only non-trophies, write on the outside of your box what you are sending. Please do not send any etched crystal, glass, acrylic or other awards as they can't be re-used or un-engraved.

~Where do I find the # to put on our boxes?
It's on the invoice sent to you via email. It has the ticket number you get after paying for recycling, that you put on all your boxes. If that number is not on the box, it might be returned.

~Why do we pay for recycling?

It takes labor to take apart and recycle the trophies. We then use those parts to remake new trophies for 501c3 non-profits across the country and for making new recycled trophies. If you don't care if the trophies are reused and given to charities, you can donate your trophies to Goodwill or St. Vincent DePaul. They will sell your trophies.


What: Donate your GENTLY used Trophies, Awards, and Medals to be Recycled, Reused and Re-gifted to non-profits nationwide. For items that are not reusable, we will recycle the parts the best we can.

If your trophies are in bad shape, please do not send them to us, this includes; broken or damaged figures or pieces, discolored bases, rusted parts or water damage. If they are covered in dirt, years of dust and grime, we will not recycle them.


~Glass or acrylic awards (we cannot take the engraving or etching off).
~Fake wood plaques (check behind the plaque for keyhole hanger to see if it is a veneer).
~Trophies with yellowed plastic bases, moldy, or water damaged.
~Medals that are engraved on back.
~Frames, pictures, keepsakes, or lapel pins.
~Sculptures or works of art.
~Broken trophy parts.

If your trophies are in bad shape and can't be re-used for parts, they may be thrown away, so be sure to look over the list of what we do and don't accept before sending them to us.

If you would like to keep the engraved plates, remove them before dropping them off or shipping your trophies.

If you are shipping your trophies please be sure to pack them with care (bubble wrap or paper) to ensure the the trophies can be reused.

If you'd like to drop off your trophies at our store, they MUST be packed in boxes/bags/containers that you do not want returned, we have limited boxes, space, so please plan ahead. NO OVER-SIZED BOXES. 25 trophies per box, max.

If you will be dropping off a large quantity of trophies (50 or more), please call ahead so that we can prepare space for your delivery 608-833-1716. DO NOT CALL US if you have not read over this page.

Nationwide Trophy Recycling Program
C/O Total Awards & Promotions, Inc.
6686 Odana Rd. Madison, WI 53719.

: Drop off for FREE anytime between Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Or you can drop off locally at the UPS store on Odana Road, Madison.
We recommend you call ahead during holiday times for store hours. Fees for recycling apply to drops offs as well.

Drop off your trophies for FREE or ship them to the address above, at your expense. Recycling fees still apply.

If you don't want to pay to recycle, we suggest that you contact your local recycling facility to see what can be recycled in your area, or donate to Good Will or St. Vincent DePaul.