Things on planet Earth are heating up. Our love for disposable items and our carelessness when it comes to recycling are taking their toll on the planet. There’s currently a giant patch of garbage floating around in the Pacific Ocean, while Americans are throwing away over 258 million tons of trash each and every year.
And, all of that waste is also wasting our money, too. Estimates show that for every $10 we spend in the US, $1 is spent on disposable packaging that gets thrown away immediately, accounting for 65% of our household trash.
Fortunately, there are things that we can do to mitigate our impact and recycling is a great place to start. Plus, it can even help you earn extra cash! Sound good? Then you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve compiled this guide with tons of ways for you to make money from recycling used goods. Here’s what you’ll get in this guide:
While what we’ve listed here are opportunities to get cash in hand for recycled items, you can also consider donating items you might recycle to charities such as Goodwill. When you make donations to qualified non-profits you can get a tax deduction which is sort of like getting paid for your donation!
Make a side hustle or a fundraiser out of it. Let’s face it: a lot of us are lazy when it comes to recycling. Offer to take care of other people’s recycling for them or, if you’re part of a school or organization, set up a fundraiser where you have people bring in their old electronics, ink cartridges, or other recyclable items. You keep the money you earn!
Switch to reusable items as another way to save. Some stores will offer you a discount if you bring your own bags, jars, or cups. Plus, you’ll be helping the environment at the same time!
Join Recycle Bank. Recycle Bank is a rewards program where you earn points for pledging to do things like turning off your lights and reading articles on how to recycle. You can exchange those points for rewards like magazine subscriptions and restaurant deals.