How to make money on cardboard recycling

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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


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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Pamela Pender has a Bachelor degree in business management from Hofstra University. She enjoys writing about self-improvement, natural remedies, women's health over 40, home & gardens, and health & beauty.