How to Recycle to Make Money


How to Recycle to Make Money. By recycling as much as possible, one not only helps the environment but can also make money at the same time. So many items in people's homes, garages, basements and sheds can be recycled into products in demand by environmentally conscious businesses that pay money for recycled materials.

Return plastic, glass and tin beverage containers for refunds in the applicable states designated on the containers. Only return the items to retailers in the state where purchased.

Sell good condition used clothing, furniture and other household items to a consignment shop. The shop sells the item after acceptance for a fixed price. If the item sells, they take a percentage and the seller receives the rest.

Have a garage sale and recycle unused items in the house. Invite neighbors to join for a neighborhood sale. Color-code the multi-household sale items so the proper family receives their share of the sales.

Recycle an old garage or barn find by repairing or refurbishing the item and selling the final product. Turn these items into profit through sales via an online auction or a classified newspaper ad.

Collect antiques or unique items from garage or estate sales and recycle these products by selling or auctioning via eBay or Amazon. Items common to one area of the country may be a hot item in another and online auctions are a great way to find the market.

Gather recyclables such as rubber, plastic, glass, paper and various scrap metals to sell to online buyers like those found at

Recycle electronics into money by selling to pawnshops. Pawnshops are also interested in jewelry, watches, musical instruments, leather and fur clothing.

Turn rubber tires into dragon swings or pop bottles into whirligigs and sell these recycled items at flea markets and craft festivals for money.

Contact a junkyard or salvage yard when shopping around for dealers of recycled materials. These yards pay comparable prices for used cars, scrap metal and rubber tires.

Use programs that purchase recycled ink cartridges or cell phones on commission. This program is a great fundraiser activity that also helps the environment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take frequent inventory of personal possessions and clothing. Recycle any items not used or touched in the past year, excluding family heirlooms.
  • Dispose of items properly that cannot be recycled. Some products contain hazardous substances like asbestos or lead and require special disposal conditions. Contact the local waste management authorities for proper disposal protocol.

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