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Are you concerned about the environment and want to lessen your impact? Or maybe you just want to make some spare cash? Whatever your reason, metal, glass, plastic and cardboard recycling can be the solutions you're looking for. Follow these tips to get the best results:
Cardboard recycling: It won't net you a lot of money if you've only got a small amount, but cardboard recycling can at least help keep landfills from filling up as quickly. Any cardboard boxes that you wish to recycle should be opened up and compressed flat. Check with your cardboard recycling center to see if they allow tape or staples on the cardboard, otherwise they will have to be removed first. Cardboard that is greasy or has otherwise been contaminated with things like oil or paint is generally not recyclable. Use plastic ties to bundle your flat boxes together. If you have access to a box bundling machine, that will be much easier than trying to do it manually.
Metal recycling: When most people think of metal recycling, they usually think of aluminum cans first. However, just about any metal item can be recycled. For metal that isn't aluminum cans, there are usually two rates. The first is for cleaned metal, such as used pipes or wires where the plastic has been removed. Then there is the rate for uncleaned metal, such as wires that still have the plastic coating or old water heaters. The rate for cleaned metal will usually be two or three times the rate for uncleaned metal, but it may still not be worth your time to clean every piece of metal that you want to recycle.
Plastic recycling: Most plastics don't break down easily. If they do, they often produce toxic byproducts. For that reason, plastic recycling is obviously very important for the environment. Check with your local recycling center to find out what types of plastics they accept. Plastic that can be recycled will have a number in the center of a triangle made out of arrows. Sort your plastic by number before taking it to the recycling center, or else they won't accept it. All plastic containers should be cleaned before recycling. This means removing any labels and giving them a quick rinse with water. Some recycling centers may not pay for plastic, while others may pay nearly as much per pound as they would for aluminum cans.
Glass recycling: Before recycling glass, remove any labels and give each container a quick rinse. Find out if your local recycling center wants you to sort each color of glass into a separate container, don't sort it at all, or just separate the clear glass from the colored glass. Depending on where you live, glass could be worth several dollars a pound. If you have many glass things to recycle, this can obviously quickly add up.