Make Money Recycling: Get Paid to Recycle by 15 Websites
Tired of getting a small $7 credit (or perhaps no credit at all) for curbside recycling in your city? Or perhaps you have old broken cell phones, laptops, or even golf balls laying around? In writing 26 Green Websites that Save You Money, I discovered these 15 websites that actually pay you to recycle your old stuff.
YouRenew pays you to recycle your old electronics. This includes laptops, cell phones, digital cameras, calculators, mp3 players, dvds, and gaming devices. This is one of the most comprehensive sites I've seen. They even send you a shipping label and allow you to donate your proceeds to nonprofits.
Gazelle is similar to YouRenew and also purchases camcorders, PDAs, camera lenses, and more.
BuyMyTronics also buys new, used, and broken electronics.
Flipswap pays you for your old cell phones.
As does Cell for Cash.
If you're in the UK, Sell Your Mobile has a directory of sites that will pay you for your cell phone.
Cash4Cartridges pays you for your old inkjet and laser printer cartridges.
With Toner Buyer you get paid for used fax machines, copiers, and printers, and empty printer cartridges.
Advantage Cartridge focuses on fundraising for schools and nonprofits by purchasing ink cartridges.
eCycle Group buys and sells ink cartridges along with mp3 players and cell phones.
With Used Cardboard Boxes you have to either have a huge move or a business (1000+ boxes) to make money recycling cardboard boxes
Luckily, BoxCycle will buy individual boxes, but only once there is a confirmed buyer.
While it's a bit random, Knetgolf buys your used (or found) golf balls for up to $0.90 a ball.
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MyEmissions Exchange is a new website that allows you to earn money for reducing your home energy use.
I have not yet sent any old electronics or other recyclables to these sites (and thus can't vouch for any of them). Though, I'm looking forward to testing a few of them with an old laptop and a few cell phones. Has anyone been paid to recycle through these sites or other programs? What was your experience?