Why throw things in the trash when you can recycle them – and make a little money doing it?
By diverting certain items from the waste stream and keeping them out of landfills, you can also earn extra cash or help out for charity. From scrap metal to ink cartridges, bullets and building materials, you can recycle a wide variety of items for cash or goodwill.
Are you ready to see all of the different things that you can buy for money?
Find a collection point
To find a recycling center near you, go to Earth911.com and connect the item you want to recycle along with your location. The website lists collection points for materials as diverse as antifreeze and ammunition. Of course, it doesn’t all pay off, but it is important to properly dispose of potentially dangerous items.
Prepare items for recycling
Inquire at your local collection point for specific rules for preparing your recyclables. Some centers require you to remove bottle caps, rinse and wrap bottles in specific steps, or sort and tie cardboard. Checking the rules before you set off will save you time later.
Make sure you properly wrap items that can create a bit of a mess. Even if you rinse all bottles and cans thoroughly, there may be water and other debris on them. So be sure to transport them in containers or bags to protect the interior of your car.
Whenever you donate a cell phone or other electronic item, you must delete your personal information, including contact lists, voicemails, text messages, photos, passwords, downloads, and anything else random strangers don’t want access. Back up your information on your new phone, computer or a cloud-based service and do a factory reset on your old phone before recycling.
Items that you can recycle for your money
Depending on where you live, you might get paid to recycle certain items. Here are some common recyclables and how to recycle them.
Scrap is one of the to recycle more profitable materials.
Copper, steel, and aluminum are just a few of the scrap metals that you can buy for recycling. Google your region and “junkyard” to find a facility that picks up all of the metals you have and their methods for dispensing them.
Once you’ve rounded up your metal, you can find out if it’s iron or non-ferrous by checking to see if a magnet is stuck to it. If so, the metal is iron and is likely a common metal like steel or iron. These items aren’t usually worth much, but they’re still worth recycling. If the magnet doesn’t stick, you likely have copper, aluminum, brass, bronze, or stainless steel on your hands. These metals are more valuable.
Copper is one of the more profitable metals: copper wire and tubing deliver between $ 1 and $ 3 a pound. Aluminum usually makes between 40 and 70 cents a pound, yellow brass can get around $ 1.50 a pound, and die-cast metal is in the 30 cents per pound range, although local prices vary.
2. Bottles and cans
Made a penny hoarder writer Redeem $ 1,500 in soda cans he collected at work. You too can make money by rounding up bottles and cans, be it from work, from friends and family, at events, or just from the recyclables you use at home.
California offers 5 cents for most plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans smaller than 24 ounces and 10 cents for 24 ounce or larger containers. It’s technically a bottle deposit, but a lot of people don’t bother to collect their refunds. Hence, it is easy to make money for bottle and can collectors.
Michigan has a recycling rate of 10 cents a bottle, which is what led people to do so illegally smuggle into empty bottles bought out of state to make money. (This was actually the action of a Seinfeld episode!) Many states have similar deposit programs. So check what is available from you.
3. Car batteries
Advance Auto Parts offers a $ 10 gift card to customers who bring their used car batteries (light truck batteries are also accepted). If the company doesn’t have a store near you, call your local auto parts dealers to see if they have similar deals.
4. Ink cartridges
A number of office supply stores including Staples and Office Depot Accept used ink cartridges for recycling. Staples offers $ 2 back per cartridgeWith a maximum of 10 returns per month, spend at least $ 30 on ink or toner within 180 days of recycling.
Office Depot gives you too $ 2 back in program rewards For each recycled ink or toner cartridge, up to 10 cartridges per month. But you also need to buy ink from them in the same month. There is no limit to the number of cartridges you can recycle. However, you will only receive points for the first 10 cartridges per month. You can use your points for a number of different perks and discounts.
Eco cell is one of many companies that offers cash for old cell phones and other electronics. The company accepts working or broken phones, tablets, rechargeable batteries, circuit boards, and a host of other electronic devices. Even if an item is broken or submerged in water and is unusable, Eco-Cell accepts it to divert electronics from landfill and properly dispose of their toxic components and metals.
Many wireless carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, offer trade-in programs that allow you to receive a voucher, gift card, or other reward for dropping off your old phone. Amazon Trade-In is another way to earn gift cards.
A number of charities also accept cell phones for reuse or sale and use for charity. Cell phones for soldiers Refurbished and sold your old phone to active service members and veterans. When a phone is too old or broken, Cell Phones for Soldiers sells it to recyclers who will remove it for parts and dispose of its metals responsibly. The proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase international business cards for troops and to provide emergency financial aid for veterans.
And of course you can always Sell your old phone yourself.
6. Junk cars
Your rusty old Jalopy? You can recycle it for money. There are companies that pay cash for broken cars.
Junk Car Medics is one and you can sell your car to them online or by phone. You enter details about your vehicle such as the condition and mileage and you will quickly receive an offer. If you accept this, you will be required to provide proof of ownership and some other details before getting paid. The company says most of the transactions take place on the same day and take the car away for you.
7. The rest of your unwanted belongings
You can “recycle” items you no longer need on a variety of apps and platforms and get something back for them. ThredUp and Poshmark are popular apps wherever you can Sell clothes online.
ThredUp will send you a free shipping label and use credits on anything sold on your own account, but it’s often not a lot of money. Poshmark offers bigger potential payouts, but you need to put in more work to get your items moving.
OfferUp is a used website where you can buy or sell almost anything that you no longer use.
Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com