6 ways you can make money from recycling
Who knew you could get rich and save the world at the same time? With a bit of inside knowledge and a few tricks of the trade, you can boost the cash in your bank and get rid of some old rubbish.
Everyone recycles these days, but rather than just chucking it all in a green box or a recycling sack for the council to collect- why not utilise it yourself and make some money from it?
Make money by recycling cans
Had a bit of a party? Make the cleaning bill back by recycling the old cans! The more beer drinkers the better. You’ll need a fair few cans to make some money, as you get around 45p – 60p for each kilogram of cans. A kilo of cans is around 65 – 70 cans, so get collecting!
You can find cash for cans centres all over the UK, and a full list can be found here. Simply browse your region and find the nearest one.
Get cash for ink cartridges
There are loads of services online and in store which will offer you money for your old ink cartridges. Instead of chucking them in the recycle bin at the supermarket, why not get paid for your old cartridge! It’s just as easy. You can usually earn up to £1 per empty ink cartridge. This may not sound like a lot, but collect 10 of them and your first round down the pub is paid for, for little to no effort!
Some companies, like Takeback, will even come and collect your cartridges from local businesses. Why not organise an office wide collection and donate the money to charity, or put it towards the next staff party.
To find a cartridge recycling service, simply google the phrase or try one of the following:
Recycle food and sell compost
When you start collecting food waste you’ll be shocked at just how much you can put aside! Especially if you like to cook every night. You can turn this into actual sellable compost if you know how. All you need to do is keep a food caddy in the kitchen for all your peelings, egg shells, teabags, and even cereal boxes or loo rolls! Take it out to the compost bin regularly and it will slowly decompose into free but fantastic fertiliser. Once you’ve done this you can sell it on to neighbours, or offer it to gardeners at the local allotment.
Recycle your mobile phones for cash
E-waste is a big problem to the environment and occurs when people simply throw old gadgets away. You’ll also find you have a ton of old bits of tech lying around in draws and collecting dust. What you don’t realise is that this is a gold mine for cash! You can make hundreds of pounds by recycling old phones, and one of the easiest ways to do it is online.
Online gadget recyclers will all offer different prices for different phones in different conditions. The easiest way to find the best price for you is with a price comparison site. Comparison sites like this will sift out the best deals for you and help you send off your phone with ease. Most phone recyclers offer free postage bags for you to send your device off in, whether it be a phone, tablet, games console or even a sat nav! It’s all worth money.
Get money from old wine corks
Beer cans not your thing? Save your wine corks and you could be in for a nice lump of cash. Who said drinking was bad for you? Believe it or not people go mad for these things. Brides want them for name holders, arty people want them for crafts – they’re in high demand! You can also sell your empty wine bottles for money, so it’s a win-win.
Get on Ebay and get listing. The price for your corks will vary depending if they are real or synthetic, mixed or same size, and obviously how many you have. It’s best to sell them in bulks of 25 or more.
Believe it or not people will also give you good money for empty bottles for the same craft reasons, so wash them out and get selling.
Unused gift vouchers
Ever been given a voucher for somewhere you simply are just not going to shop in? Join the rest of the nation. Luckily you can sell on these gift cards for cash – so you can spend it wherever! Avoid the awkwardness and trade it up. Services like Zeek will buy your gift cards for hard cash, and pay you via PayPal or direct bank transfer. It’s easy to do, and means that £20 voucher won’t go for waste!