The word ‘recycling’ often brings strange connotations to people who do it. Many think that it is something you should always do for free and then get nothing in return other than the space left behind. Surprise, surprise, you CAN actually profit from your rubbish. And here are 15 surprising things you can do it from.
#1 – Human Hair
The easiest thing to recycle if you know any wig makers. With the market of growing fads, trends, and gender makeup, now you can find hair extension companies that will gladly pay for your hair.
#2 – Pet Fur
Fashion gets in on the animal fur business as well. Every time you trim your dog or cat or sheep, you can save up the remains and find the right market. The price is always good, especially if you have a rare breed.
#3 – Bottle Corks
More conventional things to recycle include not only bottle caps, but also corks. You can easily find art shops that will gladly pay for corks to refurbish their interiors with some hipster DIY things.
#4 – VHS Cassettes
This nowadays is considered as ‘technotrash’. And there are many companies that make use of them, either for stage design purposes, fashion, or even technological needs. Hey, some people even still use VHS tapes.
#5 – Crayons
Many companies buy old, broken, or unused crayons to melt and turn into new ones. They will pay small bucks so that they can redesign them and turn them into big bucks, so take the opportunity.
#6 – Mobile Phones
Old working phones are still usable by some people. Then there are also organizations that gift old phones to people in need of something in case of an emergency. They will gladly give some money for that so that the world can be safer.
#7 – Inhalers
Not many people use inhalers nowadays, but remember that that is aluminium and plastic and you can recycle it for its weight, or sell it to pharmaceutical companies and get paid for helping create newer versions.
#8 – Stockings and Tights
Many toy companies and even parks and recreation divisions can use these unlikely materials to create something that the whole family can enjoy. Sell all those ripped pantyhose!
#9 – Prescription Drugs
Feeling better after a sick spell? Any medicine left? Take them back to the appropriate pharmacies and they will make sure that people in need will get them.
#10 – Holiday Lights
You can use the opportunity to finally get rid of the Christmas decoration that is still up on the windows. Find some LED companies that will gladly buy them and profit further by turning them into new lights with cheap materials.
#11 – Wedding Dresses
There are companies that make sure that girls get their dreams come true by providing them with a nice dress. Contribute to their efforts by selling your own wedding dress at a cheap price!
#12 – Juice Pouches
Believe it or not, old pouches and saches can still be useful for somebody. Companies such as TerraCycle pay 1 or 2 cents per pouch depending on the brand you give them.
#13 – Diapers
Used or unused, it doesn’t matter. Fertilizer companies will buy them both because diapers contain many materials that will contribute to enriching the soil.
#14 – Ink Cartridges
More of a business venture than a domestic one, you can collect all your old printer cartridges and sell them to office supply companies which upcycle them into newer versions for other companies.
#15 – Shaving Razors
Metal is always useful, even if sharp. Any metal-working company will take you up on your offer if you have a razor to give.
See what else you can offer at home and look up any company that might be in the business of looking for such supposed ‘waste’. There is a home for everything out there and you can easily benefit from that.
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