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Recycling For Money: Don't throw that away

Updated on May 24, 2012

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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  • kevin.howell profile image

    kevin.howell 5 years ago from Maysville KY

    Thanks everyone for reading. I hope it helps

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    Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

    Good tips for recycling and getting some extra cash.

    Thanks for SHARING.

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    Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

    Excelent advice. Thank you. I admire your values, my husband and I have always felt the same. Work, save, spend not any other way around.

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    feenix 6 years ago

    kevin, I'm on my way to my neighborhood super market to borrow a shopping cart :-)

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    Pamela 6 years ago

    Great article. Very informative and helpful.

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    Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

    Very interesting. I didn't know this stuff. Good information.

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    Gustave Kilthau 6 years ago from USA

    Hi Kevin - Thanks for the reminders.

    Gus :-)))

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    breakfastpop 6 years ago

    Thanks, I need to start searching for this stuff around my house!