How to Make Money from Other People's Recyclables

You can earn money other people's aluminum soda cans and plastic bottles. Here is a guide that anyone, even kids, can follow.

Steps

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    Choose method of transportation. Walking or biking are preferred. If you are walking, bring a wagon to carry the recyclables home. If you are biking, bring bike baskets and containers to help you hold recyclables.
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    Know when your neighborhood's recycling day is. You will need to know this. Different areas of your community may have different recycling days, so check ahead.
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    The evening before the recycling truck comes, go around the neighborhood.
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    Go around into people's recycle bins. Collect aluminum cans and plastic bottles.
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    Exchange cans and bottles for money. Some larger food stores have 24/7 machines to collect money for you; if you use them, you can go back for more recyclables on the same day.
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Tips

  • You can use this as a fundraiser for your scout group, religious youth group, et cetera. You could also donate the money to a local environmental organization. This helps the environment and gives back to the community at the same time. Also, people are more willing to donate cans and bottles if it's for a good cause.
  • To earn lots of money from this method, save findings for a few weeks.
  • Some states exchange bottles and cans for 5-10 cents each. If your state doesn't have this program, try writing a letter to your state's government about starting such a program in your state.
  • If a family does not want you to touch their recyclables, obey their wishes; there are other houses that will let you take them away for free.

Warnings

  • Don't take cans for alcohol-based containers, especially if you are underage; you don't want to get in trouble with the police for this.
  • Travel in well-lit areas that you are familiar with. Bring a trusted adult if you have to.
  • If something looks suspicious, don't take it.

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Categories: Reduce Recycle and Reuse