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Get Paid to Recycle These 7 Items

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April 26, 2017 · 4.3k Views

Not only is recycling good for the environment, it's good for your wallet, too! If you're not recycling the following items for some easy money, you're not getting the most value out of your purchases and you're only adding to the mountains of landfills polluting our earth. Locate recycling centers and collection points in your area to get started, and don't forget to check local retailers to see if they accept any recyclables!

lightbulb icon Go green! Even though you probably won't get paid for everything you recycle, it's still important to do the right thing for our planet. Visit Earth911.com to find a recycling center near you.


How to Get Paid to Recycle These 7 Items


Source: RecycleNation

Before you visit the recycling center, read up on any rules they may have regarding the preparation of the items as well as what is accepted and what is not. Centers' rules may vary, like removing bottle caps, rinsing bottles, etc., so make sure you are able to provide them with what they require.

It is also a huge time-saver if you bag the items accordingly. For example, all the bottles go in one bag and all the cans in another. If you are donating electronics or any device that may have stored your personal information, make sure to clear all of that before donating the products. It's best to restore the phone or device to its factory settings before dropping it off.


  1. Plastic Bottles
    If you drink water, soda, and beer out of plastic bottles or milk, juice, and water out of plastic jugs, save them and get paid to recycle them. There are two types of plastic bottles and jugs that can be recycled, and you'll find the type on the bottom of the container. Type 1 and Type 2 bottles and jugs can be recycled, and the latter will usually get you more money. ​
  2. Aluminum Cans
    Hopefully, you're already accustomed to recycling aluminum cans. Instead of just tossing them into the recycling bin, take them to your local recycling center to get between one to two cents for each can. It's not a lot, but if you start to collect them, you can walk away with more than expected!​
  3. Scrap Metal
    If you're looking to get the best return on your recyclable goods, go for scrap metal, such as copper, steel, and aluminum. You can find it in the form of cans, old auto parts, and appliance casing, and if you come across scrap copper, you'll get even more value. You'll find scrap copper in the form of wires, coils from air conditioners, plumbing pipes, and the like.​
  4. Newspaper, Books, and Magazines
    If you subscribe to magazines and newspapers or have a hoard of literature in your home, see what you can part with and recycle them. Visit your local junk shop to get rid of these goods for a decent return.​
  5. Ink Cartridges
    Head over to your office supply stores such as Office Depot Office Max and Staples to exchange your empty ink cartridges for cash. Check with your local store before you pay a visit so you can see which one will pay you the most for your cartridges.​
  6. Batteries
    If you don't already know, the chemicals found inside of batteries are harmful to the environment so do not dispose of them. Instead, recycle your car batteries, regular batteries, and the like to make some extra cash.​
  7. Electronics and Electronic Parts
    Places like electronic shops and electronic repair shops are always seeking used goods and parts and will offer money in return. You can recycle items like old cell phones, tablets, circuit boards, and other various electronics instead of wrongly disposing of them. 

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milisenteMar 04, 2019
great sharing!

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