Almost every community has a recycling station that will pay you to bring in empty soda cans to make extra money for yourself. The amount you will make will depend on two factors: how many cans you turn in and the current price for recycled aluminium. If your community has several places that buy aluminium can, check to see who is giving the best price.
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Things you need
- Plastic bin or container
- Small plastic basket
- Plastic trash bags
- Can crusher (optional)
Set up a plastic bin in your garage or other area where you can collect the empty soda and beer cans in your house. Set up a small basket or other container in your kitchen to put the empties in, instead of placing them in the regular trash. Empty this basket daily to the bin in the garage.
Crush the cans in the plastic bin when it becomes full. Place the crushed cans in a large trash bag. You can use a can crusher or use your foot to crush the cans. Crushing the cans means that you can put more cans into the trash bag and you won't have to spend extra money for more bags.
Close the trash bag by using a wire tie or loosely tying the bag. Set the bag aside until you have more cans to crush.
Take the bag to the recycling centre when the bag is full. You'll be paid a certain amount, depending on the weight of the bag.
Tips and warnings
- If you have room, placing the kitchen basket near the dustbin will help remind those in your home not to put the cans in the regular trash.
- Ask family and friends who don't recycle to save their empty cans for you. Pick up the cans from them regularly so that saving them doesn't become a problem for them.
- A good source for empty soda bottles is dumpsters around corporate offices and factories. If dumpster diving is frowned on or illegal in your community, ask a company owner or manager if you can set up a recycling basket in her break room.
- Don't turn in cans that still contain liquid. Make sure they're relatively clean.