|Turning Trash to Cash: How to Get Paid to Recycle|
Submitted by: Kira @ Tip Hero 01/26/2011 4:10 PM
You may not feel like a superhero when you bring a recycling bin out to the curb, but you are in fact aiding in saving the world. The small act of recycling your recyclable materials reduces landfill waste and pollution, conserves resources and helps to keep our world clean and livable. Hooray for you!
So what happens if we don't recycle? Well, among other negative effects, we will literally run out of landfill space and our water and air will grow more and more polluted as time marches on. It would be a bleak-looking future, my friends.
Still need more of a personal incentive for recycling? That's ok. (Even if you're already an avid recycler, wouldn't it be nice to be rewarded for your good deeds?) Recycling companies, who are dedicated to keeping our planet beautiful, are fully aware that money is one of the best incentives out there. You might be surprised by the number of ways that you can turn recyclables into cash. And what better way is there to make money than by doing your part for the environment?
We all know that if you have a plethora of aluminum cans or glass bottles, you can take them to your local recycling center in exchange for change, but there are lots of other things that you can recycle too, and many of these recyclables can turn out to be much more profitable. Let's take a look at some lesser-known methods for recycling and making money while doing so.
Bonus Tip: Don't have any old electronics to sell? Try checking with local businesses or schools to see if they are upgrading their systems. If so, you may be able to recycle their old models for cash!
Also, as a final tip, be sure to heed this advice from eHow:
Donations of old goods may be tax deductible, saving your money even if they don't make a direct profit. Check with your accountant or the revenue service in your area to see if any of your recycling donations are deductible.
What are some memorable ways that you've recycled something, maybe out of the ordinary, and managed to make a profit? We'd love to hear your best stories. Thanks for being a Tip Hero!
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