How to sell your scrap plastic

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How to sell your scrap plastic
Sell scrap plastic for cash. (plastic clothes pegs image by Warren Millar from

When moving, deep cleaning or resettling after a major home renovation, you'll discover a lot of unwanted plastic products in your home. Before you sort these into the trash or recycling, make a few phone calls to local or national scrap metal dealers. You could earn some quick cash for your scrap plastic.

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    Sort your scrap plastic before you begin. Some companies may buy only one type of plastic product while others may purchase any scrap plastic. As you sort, write down what you have so that you can inform potential buyers.

    How to sell your scrap plastic
    Sort your scrap plastic. (plastic stars image by John Sfondilias from
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    Wash your scrap plastic in soapy water. Many plastic buyers do not purchase scrap plastic that has oil, food residue or grease on it. If you notice your scrap plastic is still dirty after the initial wash, rewash it.

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    Contact local junk yards and scrap metal dealers. According to Recycle in Me, scrap metal dealers and junkyards may purchase scrap plastic. This is the best option for selling your scrap plastic locally.

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    Post your scrap plastic for sale in the marketplace at by filling out the Sell Plastics Form. Once your form has been received, a staff member of will call you to discuss the sales transaction. Once your products have been approved and posted, potential buyers can view your listing in the plastic marketplace.

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    Search online for plastic buyers such as or offers free plastic scrap pickup anywhere in North America. Call or e-mail staff members to discuss selling your scrap plastic.

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    Choose a local or national scrap plastic buyer based on price and convenience of transaction. Call the suppler to ask how you need to prepare the plastic for pickup. Some suppliers may want you to shrink wrap the material while others will not have additional guidelines. Arrange a pickup time or a dropoff appointment to conclude your sales transaction.

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