We all know that recycling is the right thing to do for the environment, but sometimes life gets in the way. We don’t always see the direct result of our efforts and it’s easy to forget how important recycling is. I’ve found that getting some cash back for recycling is a great incentive. Here are a few strategies I’ve found for turning trash into cash.
- Redeem bottles and cans. Many communities have recycling centers that will buy plastic bottles and aluminum cans for up to a nickel per item. At our house, we crush soft drink cans and save them until we’ve filled a large trash container, then redeem them for enough cash for a family night at the movies.
- Cash for discards. Yard sales are a great way to make some cash and recycle your discarded household items and clothing, but have you ever felt disappointed when a nearly new item sells for pennies on the dollar at a yard sale? Consignment stores are another alternative for reselling furniture, jewelry and clothing. The store will keep a portion of the price of the item, but you will still net considerably more than you might at a yard sale.
- Recycle cell phones. Disposing of old cell phones is a problem since they contain toxic substances and shouldn’t be put in the trash. The Cells for Cash website will accept your cell phone for recycling and if it’s a newer model, they may even pay you for it. The company will send you a mailer and postage is free. Best of all, your phone will be refurbished and sent to a developing country.
Recycle Electronics. Gazelle is a website that is similar to Cells for Cash, allowing you to recycle and possibly be paid for your discarded electronic gadgets, including gaming consoles, laptops, desktop computers, monitors, MP3 players, digital cameras, camcorders, GPS devices and more. Like Cells for Cash, you can determine on the website the resale value of your gadget value and receive a postage-paid carton for shipping. Gazelle will remove all personal data (though you may decide to do this yourself before shipping it), refurbish your gadget and then resell it. Part of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
About the Author: Sarah is a Communications Manager for http://www.DiaperShops.com, one of the largest cloth diapering boutiques online. She writes for DiaperSwappers.com about how families can become more green.