When we think of making money from recycling, we often think of taking our cans and bottles to the local recycling center and getting enough to have a fast food lunch.
The objects that we use have become more high tech, and so has the recycling. Over at The Street, Kelsey Abbott shares some great ideas for how you can make a little extra money by recycling items from aluminum cans to cell phones to computers.
In some states, Recycle Bank can help you recycle a variety of materials:
- Phone books
You can either have curbside pick-up, or take your recyclables to a Recycle Bank center. You get points for every pound of material. The points add up in your “bank account,” and you can redeem them for consumer products and services.
The Greenphone, as you may guess, is a program that recycles cell phones. Depending on the model of your phone, you can get paid anywhere between $1 and $70 for your phone. Free shipping is included, and you can even earn a commission on referrals.
Not only can you get cash for your working cell phone at MyBoneYard, but you can also get a decent chunk of change for working flat panel TVs, computers and laptops. Discarding your high-tech gadgets is actually pretty rough on the environment, and it seems like a waste of resources in our consumer culture. This is a great way to give your electronics a new life, reduce waste and make a quick buck.