Recycling has been a hobby of
mine for a very long
time. I feel totally guilty throwing away anything
that I know is reusable. My office friends would keep
two recycling boxes in a central
area; one each for computer paper
and other kinds of
paper. Every evening, I would simply empty
their boxes to one box and put
it in the storage area. I would call ahead to the
cities local paper recycler to find out what
for the day since prices rise and fall with the
market. (There are companies that will come pick
up recycables from a place of business and shred
right on the spot.)
When we had enough stored up for a profitable load, we had
or whatever, a special treat for the office.
My interests are:
Throwing away as little as possible, building things from scrap, do-it-yourself household maintenance, arts, crafts, animals and of course the environment...
Everyone knows aluminun
cans are profitable
yet don't want to store them due
to the bulk and smell. I don't have the space for
them either, so I save them until I get so much
accumulated then donate them to a person in
Check your local
phonebook for recycling
facilities to find what
papers and metals you could
profit from. Some places will even unload for
Why should we be robbing our earth of it's
resources when we have enough materials available
through recycling to
us for years?
Profit or not, in most
cities, there is a recycling program where we are
able to recycle plastics #1 & 2, glass
bottles of all
kinds and steel cans.
Also it is a good way to get rid of those aluminun
cans and newspapers
when you don't have the space to
store them. I have limited
storage space at my home, but I don't let that
stop me from recycling.
Trash to get PAID for
Computer Paper, Manilla envelopes and file folders, Other papers (including; typewriter, note book, receipts, junk mail...), Cardboard, Newspapers, Computer cards, even telephone books and magazines.
Aluminum, copper, brass, steel...glass & plastics.
Garage sales have been booming in popularity lately. "One man's trash is another man's treasure" couldn't be more true. Personally I can do a lot of things with junk. If you really want to get rid of the stuff, go cheap! It opens up peoples minds to buy more! If I were to come across a sale where prices were too high, I wouldn't be willing to see everything, but on the other hand, if prices were cheap, I would have to see it all!
Flea Markets are a good source for getting rid of useable items you no longer want. Just load up the car and go, twenty dollars or so gives you a covered booth and the people come. It's an enjoyable way to meet people and make money at the same time.
Charities will come to your house and pick up unwanted articles. Furniture, clothing, household items... First charity is to check with your family, don't throw it away.
The last visit I made to the local dump, I was astonished as to what people were throwing away! A double sink marble vanity with plumbing still attached, a hutch, lumber, bricks and too much to ever try to mention! The heavy equipment was covering it up as fast as people were throwing it out to keep you from picking through anything. It is sad...
Merchants will come pick up appliances, A/C & heat units, machinery, vehicles... and pay you to haul them off, working or not. There is a market for almost anything. Car batteries use to bring 5 to 7 bucks, but now I believe only a dollar or two.
Antique stores will buy almost anything old. Books, including :cookbooks, children's... jewerly, dishware, quilts...anything in a collectors category which is an extremely broad range. Antique stores will also usually give free appraisals on items, so maybe is best to see what you have before you sell it!
Bookstores are also in the market for buying used books. (word of advice, check to make sure you aren't selling the first edition).
Note: Please remember as you go, remove paper
staples and rubberbands from papers before storing, or
may be refused when selling your resources.
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favorite recycling habits, or use the
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