You can turn trash into cash. It happens every day. Everyday people earn either hundreds of US dollars or some beer money on the side, from waste. You can even decide to make this a full-time income source!
The U.S. recycled only 34.6 percent (i.e., 89 million tons) of its MSW. 33 million tons of trash was burned to recover energy. And then 136 million tons ended in landfills.
How can you turn your waste into money? Let’s dig for some cash in your trash.
Got any idea how much clothes Americans throw away every year? On a per-head count, every year, more than 68 pounds of clothing go to waste!
In fact, ten percent of the wastes in cities like New York and Chicago is textile. In the U.S., 6.3 percent of wastes are from clothes. According to Forbes, American families spend an average of $1,700 on clothing items yearly.
Americans spend significantly on clothing. Psychology Today says that Americans spend more than $100 billion on shoes, watches, and jewelry. That’s more than they spend on higher education.
The U.S. apparel market is the world’s largest clothes market. It values at $359 billion in 2016.
Every year, 85 percent of clothes you throw in the trash goes to landfills. That’s 13 million tons of textiles annually. You can reduce this waste by selling your old textiles – plus the cash reward in it for you!
The U.S. clothes resale industry stands at $4 billion in revenue. So, if you have old, trash-bound clothes, you can sell them to:
Nothing is more trash-bound than trash itself. Scrap metal. Junk mail. Old cooking oil. Cardboard boxes. Wine corks and bottles. The list goes on.
Looking to turn your garbage disposal day into payday? Here’s how:
Now you know. Nothing is a waste. Trash is cash.
If you knew the value of used aluminum (i.e., soda and beer) cans, you wouldn’t throw them away. OK, you wouldn’t turn them into gold – the metal – but you can earn money from them.
In fact, the Aluminum Association says that “Aluminum is the most recyclable of all materials. Discarded aluminum is more valuable than any other item in the recycling bin.”
Every year $800 million is paid out by the aluminum industry for recycled cans. The U.S. aluminum recycling industry is worth $1 billion.
Believe it or not, Americans throw away a billion dollar worth of aluminum cans to landfills every other year. Talk of literally wasting money.
Ten states in the U.S., by law, set the price of aluminum cans at a minimum of $0.05 to $0.1 a piece. These laws are called “bottle laws.”
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In states with “bottle laws,” you’d make between $1.5 to $3 for 30 aluminum cans. That’s a staggering 430 to 850 percent more profit than you’d earn in other states.
States with the “bottle bill” include
If you live in one of the states above, you could enjoy $400 to $200 extra income by collecting aluminum cans. And if you make this your business, you could be earning a whopping $30 per hour!
You can find local aluminum recyclers in your state or area on yellow pages. Use websites like Recycling Center as well.
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If you work from home or run a small business, then you’re probably consuming a ton of ink or toner cartridges. Instead of sending those used toners and ink cartridges to landfills, turn them to cash.
You can earn quick cash from Evolve Recycling with your used ink and toner cartridges. They pay via check. They have a price list that shows you exactly what you’ll earn, but you must send in a minimum of 20 items to qualify.
If you have unused toner and ink cartridges, Toner Connect gives you the best market price. The selling process is as simple as counting one, two, three. And your money will be paid even before you ship your item. Find out more here.
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I almost heard you scream.
Oh, yea. Worms.
I know. Those wriggly creatures live in your rotten trash or dirty mud.
But they can leave some cash in your account. All yours to spend.
Worms have many uses, but fish baiting is the most common. Gardeners also use worms to fertilize and aerate their soils. Worms serve as pet food for small animals like snakes, birds, and fish.
Worms could sell for about $1.5 a dozen. Prices depend on your worms’ size, type, and the market you serve. On Amazon, for example, 300 red worms sell for $17.
According to WormsEtc, the U.S. Postal Service has the best survival rates for worms. So if you plan on selling online, the USPS is your best shipping option. Just like on Amazon, you can also sell on eBay, or find other ways to market your wriggly creatures.
You probably have more options now than you can act on. Start with one. Earn cash from it. Take on another one.
If you have a bunch of toners that you haven’t used, let Toner Connect pay you cash. That’s some quick money without stress. Now, identify other items here you can sell. Repeat until you have turned all your trash into cash.