I have neighbors who get upset about people rummaging through their trash to pick up bottles, cans, and other redemption items. I put in a box the redeemable recycled stuff- and let them have at it! It’s good for the environment and provides income for those who need it. But, what if I did it myself? Recycling scrap metal, newspapers, bottles and cans can put some much needed $$$ into my unemployed pocket!
Got to thinking- what if I bought a few big blue recycled bins and asked the local 7-11’s if I could put them in front of their stores and pick up 2-3x per week? What if I went to the local business offices and asked the same thing- small businesses don’t usually have recycle bins for pickup. Is this viable- so I went to Craigslist to look up what was available for free that could be recycled.
This is for 2 days only – (All of San Diego)
- Mattress/Sofa- Springs- 13 (A hassle, but springs can be recycled)
- Moving Boxes- 5 sets- cardboard can be recycled
- Electronic- 8 (included printers, DVD player, TV set )
- Metal Items- 15 (from towel racks, sinks to larger appliances)
- Desks-5 (resell or breakdown for parts)
- Sump Hose (Plastic)-3
- Mixed Paper- 4 (Magazines)
- Remodeling leftovers-2 (tile, wood, fixtures)
- Cinder Blocks/ Bricks- 2
- Mirror- 2 (Glass)
It’s a thought-
1.) Call your local scrap metal dealer or recycling center and see what they will take
2.) Get organized: Set aside some room/ bins for products that are recyclable and redeemable items.
3.) Start collecting and sorting.
4.) Take to a recycling center which pays for them
In Yellow Pages or online- Look under-scrap metal, scrap metal dealers, recycling, or any combination of related terms.
5.) When you accumulate, about 50 pounds of something, then you’re starting to talk about money. For example, if you have 50 pounds of aluminum and the current rate for it is 25 cents a lb. then you have about $12 sitting there. Even if it’s iron (which is heavy and 50 pounds of it is easy to find) it could be worth 50 or 60 cents. A load of iron pipe can add up . Doors, car batteries, gutters, pipes, bed springs, sinks, copper tubing, appliances and more
Other places to look:
Plumbers, Construction Sites, Craigslist (Free Stuff) Free Cycle, Your neighbors. Your State, County, City Waste Management Site
There are plenty of places to sell scraps to- check out some of the below sites and see what they pay. Redemption values will change per buyer, state and cities.
Newspapers, Paper, Cardboard
- Six Pac Recycling– (Corona, CA) Copper, Aluminum. Scrap, Insulated Wire, Tires, Radiators, Most Appliances, Aluminum
Cans (CRV designations.
Bottles (CRV designations)
- Nor Cal Recycling -purchase scrap metals in all forms and quanities, Materials such as: Iron, Stainless Steel, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Aluminum, Titanium, Nickel, Tungsten, Inconel and much more. We also specialize in the purchase of all types of working or non-working salvageable machiney and equipment including; Heat Exchangers, Boilers, Turbines, Chillers, Tanks, Pumps, Valves, Flanges, Transformers, Generators, Electric Motors, Circuit Breakers, All types of Electrical Wire and Cable, Ect.
- Metal Source USA- purchase scrap metals in all forms and quantities. Materials such as: Iron, Stainless Steel, Brass, Bronze, Copper, Aluminum, Titanium, Nickel, Tungsten, Inconel and much more. They also specialize in the purchase of all types of working or non-working salvageable machinery and equipment including: Heat Exchangers, Boilers, Turbines, Chillers, Tanks, Pumps, Valves, Flanges, Transformers, Generators, Electric Motors, Circuit Breakers, All types of Electrical Wire an Cable,
- Elgin Scrape Metal (Elgin, ILL)
- Recycleinme- Online buy and sell- pricing is listed (International site) very interesting!
- Recycling Pays
E Waste (Computers, VCR, Cell Phones Computers- circuit boards, screens, and other elements can be removed and resold.
Used Books CD’s, Furniture, Toys- easily sold at Garage Sales, online