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Recycling for Money: Don't Throw That Away

Updated on September 2, 2019

Most of us have piggy banks or some process of saving our loose change. But, saving pennies never goes any further than this. There is a lot of value in the things we throw in the landfill everyday. There is also a lot of satisfaction gained by recycling these products, especially when recycling for money. I am a big believer in the old adage "a penny saved is a penny earned". We will squeeze out the last bit of toothpaste and throw dollars in the trash. Below are a few things that will change your mind about recycling for cash.

Copper is found in electrical, plumbing, heating and air systems, and automobiles. It can be a quick way to get cash, as it is readily available. So, how do you recycle copper for money?.

Before throwing away that lamp, cut the cord and place in a  bin  If you are junking  a car, take out the radiator and other copper tubing. Are you finished with that electrical project?  Save the excess wire.  When upgrading from  radiator heating, cut out the copper. If you are replacing old copper pipe with cpvc, once again save the copper. It adds up quick and can be cashed in later for big bucks Don't forget electrical motors that contain a coil of copper.

Brass is also similar to copper and used liberally in most homes. Most plumbing fixtures have brass fittings. It is heavy and brings big bucks. Some door hardware also contain this alloy. Other brass items include: ammunition, brass beds, locks, gears, bearings, doorknobs, and valves( for plumbing and electrical applications),gas valves and fittings, musical instruments, and zippers. Brass can really add dollars to your piggy bank.

Most of us have saved aluminum cans. But there are numerous items that contain this alloy. Battery cables, bicycle frames, car parts made of cast aluminum. wiring, foil, and many other items. Just look before you toss.

Lead is not as common and found in such items as wheel weights, old window weights, and fishing tackle

Gold, yes, gold can be found in landfills. The average cell phone contains about  $1.40 worth of gold, It can also be found in any circuit board, computers and other electronics. Catalytic converters also contain well as platinum.

To find out what your recyclables are worth check out So the next time you clean out that garage, barn or outbuilding think before you pitch!


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