June 15 2011|08.00 AM UTC

Alex Gutow

Earn Money Recycling

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Do you have anything in your home that you want to get rid of, but you don’t know the best way to go about it? The good news is that there is a way to clear the clutter from your home and even earn some money at the same time. Here are four great ways to recycle old items in your home.

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If you have good quality clothes filling up your closet that don’t fit anymore, you can sell them to a consignment store. Consignments stores are generally selective about the clothing they accept, so make sure you are only bringing in high quality, used items. The best thing about consignment stores, as opposed to thrift stores is that they will give you cash on the spot for your clothing. One tip to getting the most dough for your stuff is to bring in smaller piles and put the nicer stuff on top. This will make it more likely that they will actually go through all of your items. To find local consignment shops near you, check out www.consignmentshops.com.

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With the rise of the Kindle and the Nook, paperback and hardcover books are coming under some pressure. A key reason is simply because books take up quite a bit of space. If you need some extra space, try reselling books you’ve already read. One option is to sell them online on sites like eBay, Amazon or Cash4books. This works especially well for any college textbooks or popular titles. However, if you want cash quickly and don’t want to deal with shipping, you can always head over to your local mom and pop bookstore. As long as the books are in fairly good condition and the owner doesn’t have too many copies already, they should be able to take it off your hands.

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If you have phones and old electronics lying around, there are several options available. The first is to donate your old electronics to organizations that need them. Komputers 4 Kids accepts electronics and uses them to help bridge the technology gap for lower-income children. The Wireless Foundation accepts and resells phones to raise money to end domestic abuse. Another option is to turn in your out-dated gadgets for store credit at your favorite electronics store. Best Buy will accept over 20 different electronics and, in exchange, will give you a gift card. Apple will also allow you to turn in your old electronics for a gift card to use towards your next purchase.

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Lastly, there is the age-old method of turning your cans and bottles into cash. While this probably won’t earn you very much, a few extra dollars can never hurt. Check the bottles to make sure they are eligible and check that your state accepts bottles for cash. Also, be sure to visit your state’s recycling center site to learn about weight or count limits when bringing in bottles. If you’d rather collect bottles for months at a time and make fewer trips, you may also want to clean them thoroughly to avoid wasps and bees. One final thing is, if you live in a state that doesn’t pay for containers, it is illegal for you to bring your recyclables to a state that pays.

While you may not strike it rich by cleaning out your clutter, these recycling ideas are a great way to earn back some of what you paid and keep your items out of the landfills.

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Money Beagle June 15, 2011 at 11:48 am

We earn money just by recycling our trash type items. Our city is partnered with Recycle Bank, a program where you earn points that you can redeem in the form of gift cards, coupons, or other money saving items for local and national businesses. It’s pretty awesome. By getting rewarded like that, it also means that we can donate the bigger ticket items that you have mentioned and still come out feeling pretty good.


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