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How to Make Money by Recycling

Posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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You might be able to make money by recycling cans, bottles, wine corks, and even your old smartphones and other devices.We all know that recycling is good for the planet. Did you know that you can make some money by recycling? It isn’t a “get rich quick” type of scenario. In most cases, you will only make a few extra dollars for your efforts. Over time, those dollars can add up and help you to stay within your budget.

How to Make Money by Recycling

Cans and Bottles
You might live in a state that pays people to recycle their bottles and cans. In California, people can take their bottles and cans to a RePlanet recycling facility and get paid by the pound or by putting individual cans and bottles into a reverse vending machine.

You can get 5 cents for each container under 24 ounces and 10 cents for containers that are 24 ounces (or over). The cans and bottles must have the CRV “California Redemption Value” mark on it.

In Michigan, people can take empty beer bottles, soft drink cans, carbonated and mineral water bottles, wine cooler bottles, and empty canned cocktails to a retail store for recycling. They will also accept any airtight metal, glass, paper, or plastic containers that are under 1 gallon.

People can receive 10 cents per bottle or can. Each container must have a state-specific mark on it in order for it to be recycled for cash.

Wine Corks
Yemm & Hart Green Materials is now purchasing wine cork stoppers. They are only accepting the wine corks in bulk amounts with a minimum package weight or 13.79 pounds. You can earn 1/2 cent per wine cork.

The wine corks must be full cylinder, real corks. This includes: whole cork, twin cap and agglomerated wine cork stoppers. They will not accept broken corks, gnawed corks, drilled corks, Champaign corks, tapered corks, cork coasters, cork sheet, synthetic stoppers, corks attached to or containing wood, metal, plastic, ceramic, glass, plastic, wax, string, paint, or any other non-cork material. Check their website for full details.

It might also be possible to sell a smaller amount of wine corks on eBay. There are people who make crafts out of them and who would be willing to purchase a smaller amount than is required for Yemm & Hart Green Materials.

Cell phones and Smartphones is a company that recycles cell phones, smartphones, MP3 players and tablets. Put your device into an EcoATM test station. It will tell you how much cash your can get for it. If you agree to that amount, you will receive cash on the spot.

Check the EcoATM website to find out where their nearest one is located. Be prepared to bring a government or US state issued identification card. Your device doesn’t need to be functional in order to recycle it through EcoATM.

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