Recycling is the ultimate green act of goodwill. By developing the habit, you can save the environment in more ways than one and have an opportunity to add some extra cash into your wallet.
It may not make you a millionaire if you segregate your trash, but it is sure worth it, given that you can help conserve energy, reduce the toxicity of waste in the atmosphere, and save landfill space all at the same time.
Unknowingly, you can recycle various items that are usually lying around the house for money. Why toss things on the garbage can when you can sell them for cash? Next time you clean up and declutter your home, keep an eye out on the following:
Aluminum cans, foils, pans, and trays
Empty beer and softdrink cans, aerosol containers, aluminum foil, pie pans, and baking trays are items that quickly pile up at home. And you can make pretty significant money out of them. You can flatten them out to eat up a smaller space, gather them in one container, and sell them for cash once they are weighty enough. Aluminum recycling is one of the most favorable methods, turning up top dollars for items you would typically toss out in the bin. Unknown to many people, aluminum never decreases its value over time. You may bring aluminum wastes to processing plants where they are melted and repurposed into new items.
Plastic and glass bottles
Bottles and jars are part of our daily lives. You see them often in the kitchen as containers for beverage, jam, jellies, spices, and condiments. They are also mostly around in the bathroom carrying liquid soaps, shampoos, and the like. You can reuse or recycle plastic and glass bottles and jars. Once washed and cleaned from their original contents, you can repurpose them as flower vases and plant pots. But of course, you can make some money out of them by selling them to waste disposal agencies.
Books, magazines, and newspapers
Books and other reading materials often accumulate to eat up shelves space without you realizing it. If your bookshelves are overcrowded with textbooks and titles that you no longer find interesting, you can exchange them for money instead. If they are still in good condition, you can trade them to acquire new titles you have not read, or sell them to others who might find use for them. If they are in a bad state and are no longer fit for reading, you may take them into recycling programs that will breathe them a new life, together with your junk mails, old magazines, newspapers, and printer paper wastes. In both cases, the money returns are promising.
Cardboard boxes are pretty helpful for movers and even store retailers. Don’t toss them to landfills only after the first use because you can reuse them for as long as they can hold their shape. If they reach their maximum lifespan, they can still sell, but for a smaller amount, to various recycling programs.
If you have gadgets that are beyond repair, do not let them dust in storage. Instead, recycle them for cash and earn a reasonable amount. You can avail of some electronics companies’ trade-in programs where you can get a gift card or discount vouchers for turning over your broken cellphones, laptops, tablets, game consoles, and digital cameras. They even accept old and unusable circuit boards and rechargeable batteries. That way, you can be sure they are disposed of properly, especially their toxic metals and other components. Plus, you get to earn extra.
Printer companies can repurpose your old ink cartridges. Turn them into the store, and you will get credits or gift cards. You can enjoy discounts for your future purchases.
Used car batteries
Like ink cartridges, you may exchange old car batteries that no longer work for a gift card or discount coupon, which you can use for buying a new one. It does not matter if it is just around $10 to $20. What matters is you do not end up with such sizeable junk, plus you get an amount to reduce your replacement costs.
There is joy in recycling. As you make a difference to help Mother Earth recuperate, you can also make money out of it. Ideally, prepare several containers to sort out the materials in your trash. Having separate containers for aluminum, plastic, metal, glass, electronics, paper waste, and others will make it easier for you to bring a specific material to a suitable recycling program.