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How to Get Paid to Recycle

Consider opportunities to get paid to recycle so you can go green and make a buck at the same time.


  • Step 1: Recycle old cell phones Recycle old cellphones through a charitable organization that provides phones to people who need them and use the donation as a tax deduction. Even if the phones are not reused, their parts will be recycled.
  • Step 2: Go green and do some good Get cash for recycling used ink cartridges, or turn them in at office supply retailers for discounts on other goods. Think big and organize a school, charity, or church fundraiser to collect the cartridges.
  • Step 3: Donate your car Donate a clunker and receive a tax deduction, avoiding the trouble and expense of fixing and selling it. Find a website where you can register to have them come out and get it, or contact a charity to arrange a drop off.
  • TIP: Organizations will sell the car to feed, clothe, shelter, and help people in need.
  • Step 4: Return bottles Return empty bottles and cans for cash. Don't buy drinks in nonreturnable containers, especially plastic water bottles, which clog landfills and pollute the land and water.
  • Step 5: Earn credits for recycling at the curb Earn money at the curb, getting credit from recycling companies for how much you keep out of landfills. Use those credits to get discounts from businesses that support such recycling programs.
  • Step 6: Find online recycling sites Send in an old camera, computer, CDs, DVDs, video games, and mp3 players to a paying website.
  • Step 7: Sell old golf balls Sell old golf balls to pro shops, used sports equipment businesses, or small stores that have racks for impulse items. Or keep the balls out of landfills by selling them to online sites that buy them for almost a buck apiece.
  • Step 8: Return cardboard for profit Return used but still sturdy cardboard boxes to shippers, packaging companies, or moving firms who buy them to resell at a discount to new customers.
  • FACT: For every can recycled, enough energy is saved to run a 60-watt light bulb for 26 hours.

You Will Need

  • Recyclable items

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