How to recycle Items Like Can, Bottle, Metal, Electronics & Cars for Money.
How to recycle Items: If you’re looking to save the planet instead of creating waste, there are simple ways to recycle items, such as bottles and cans, electronics and paper — and make extra cash. Fortunately, you can protect the planet, reduce your waste, and earn some extra cash in the process.
Items you Can Recycle for Cash
Here are recyclable items you can trade-in for cash:
Aluminum cans are a popular item to recycle. While you won’t make a fortune, if you drink soda often, collecting your cans and depositing them can be an easy way to collect cash.
You’ll earn 2 to 15 cents per bottle, depending on the state you live in and the bottle you deposit. Check if there’s a recycling center near you that will accept your glass bottles (and if they’ll pay you for them).
Some stores will give you money or gift cards if you bring car batteries in. For instance, Advance Auto Parts will give consumers a $10 store gift card in most states — provided they aren’t lithium-ion batteries (from hybrid vehicles). Meanwhile, AutoZone will give consumers a $10 gift card per car battery.
One thing that people often forget you can recycle and make a hefty amount from is your old car. Recycling cars is great for the environment, and it can fetch you somewhere in the range of $150 to up to $1,000, depending on the car.
A variety of companies offer cash in exchange for used ink cartridges. At Staples, for example, you can receive $2 in rewards per cartridge (with a limit of 20 returns a month). Meanwhile, at Office Depot, you can earn $2 in program rewards, and cash in up to 10 cartridges a month — provided you make a $10 qualifying purchase the same month.
Even if you don’t need the money and you want to toss an old desktop or TV, it’s a good idea to recycle electronics to keep toxic substances such as lead, mercury and cadmium from getting into the earth’s soil and drinking water. Some states even have laws that make it mandatory to recycle your old electronics. As an added bonus, you can often make some money off of the electronics you want to discard.
There is a lucrative market for human hair. Rates for unbleached natural hair can range from $200 to well over $1,500 depending on the shade, length, and condition.
Hair extension companies, wig makers, and even heirloom hair weavers pay for hair. Sites such as buyandsellhair.com and hairsellon.com are just a couple of the sites that will purchase your hair.
When it comes to recycling, you may not think of outside-the-box unwanted items, but there are a variety of odds and ends that can be repurposed.
What kinds of cans are eligible for recycling?
In addition to the obvious beverage cans, you can also redeem other common aluminum packages:
Aluminum bottles: These may also contain beverages or food products. Though shaped like a glass bottle, they must be metal.
Aluminum food containers: Canned meat products with peel-back lids tend to be the primary source of aluminum cans (Spam, Vienna sausages, and canned pet food).
Aluminum aerosol cans: These may hold paint, varnish, or other liquids that are sprayed out of a nozzle. You’ll need to remove the nozzle before sending the can to the scrap yard.
It’s important to note that cans should be rinsed and free of any food particles, with the exception of aerosol cans (which should have their contents entirely emptied before scrapping).
First of all, it’s free money. While it takes a little bit of work, it’s pretty simple and can be incorporated into your errands pretty seamlessly so long as a recycling center is nearby. Also, the startup costs are very minimal — literally just a trash bag, some used cans, and a means of transportation!
Secondly, but probably even more important, it only takes 5% of the energy to produce new aluminum cans from old ones (compared to making them from scratch). You’ll be doing the planet a huge service by reducing waste and to keep this green earth, well, green!
You’re not going to make loads of money from casually recycling cans, but you’ll get some extra cash for little everyday splurges here and there. That said, if done frequently and consistently, you could wind up with a nice chunk of change!
The Bottom Line
If you look around, almost everything we use can be recycled. Most of it won’t bring you much compensation, but with a little effort, you can keep it out of our overloaded trash heaps.