How to make money on cardboard recycling

Written by pamela pender
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Recycling cardboard boxes could prove to be a lucrative way to earn money if you don't mind getting your hands dirty. This service is not for the meek; it requires legwork and takes determination to see a profit.

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  1. 1

    Decide where you will store the cardboard. This area should be cool and dry. The garage is a good place, because this area will keep the bugs, which are attracted to paper, away from the inside of the house.

  2. 2

    Meet with local businesses to discuss a schedule for collecting their boxes. Supermarkets, 7-Eleven and department stores are good places to start. Be persistent and stick to the agreed-to schedule.

  3. 3

    Knock on doors. Don't forget your neighbours, because they too are good sources for cardboard boxes. Another way to collect from neighbours would be to place a free ad on Craigslist.

  4. 4

    Pile cardboard in batches. Tie 10 to 15 boxes together to take to the recycling centre.

  5. 5

    Call your local recycling centre to determine how much money per pound you can make. You will be paid by weight.

  6. 6

    Recycle your cardboard. Take your bundles to your local recycling centre to collect your cash.

Tips and warnings

  • Make the most of your efforts and earn more money by collecting other paper products for recycling, such as magazines and newspapers.

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