How to recycle paper for cash

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How to recycle paper for cash
Recycle paper for cash. (Paper recycling image by Tomislav from

The majority of landfill waste comes from paper products. Due to the abundant supply of used paper, it is easy to understand why it makes an excellent recycling material. Although you can't make money from recycling just your individual household paper waste, you can recycle large quantities of paper for cash. If you organise your efforts and collect enough paper, you can bring it to a local recycling centre and receive a cash compensation.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Find a local recycling centre that pays for paper. If you can not find one, check on Earth 911, a recycling centre search engine. Determine the rates for different types of paper, and direct your efforts toward collecting that particular type to maximise your earnings.

    How to recycle paper for cash
    Find your local recycling centre. (recycle image by Georgios Kollidas from
  2. 2

    Call local businesses to see if you can set up a weekly collection date to pick up their paper refuse.

    How to recycle paper for cash
    Collect old magazines. (stack of magazines image by Yekaterina Choupova from
  3. 3

    Collect paper from your neighbours. Send out flyers asking your neighbours to drop off their used paper at a centrally located bin or allow you to pick it up instead of recycling it themselves. This is a particularly good option for localities that do not have city recycling services available.

    How to recycle paper for cash
    Collect neighbourhood paper waste. (Waste paper image by Victor M. from
  4. 4

    Check with local retail store managers, especially at grocery stores, to see if you can collect their discarded cardboard boxes on a regular basis.

    How to recycle paper for cash
    Recycle cardboard boxes. (the cardboard goffered image by Alexander Ivanov from
  5. 5

    Sort the collected paper by type and store it in an empty garage or large basement space.

    How to recycle paper for cash
    Sort paper and store it. (pile de photo 2 image by thierry planche from
  6. 6

    Deliver your paper to the recycling centre whenever you have a full load and collect your cash payment.

    How to recycle paper for cash
    Deliver your paper to a recycling centre in a large load. (blank white delivery cargo truck 2 image by alma_sacra from

Tips and warnings

  • Borrow a truck if you do not have one to reduce fuel costs and increase load capabilities.
  • Schools, churches and other non-profit can join the Paper Retriever Recycling Program to earn money for their organisations. Through the program, organisations can collect paper waste in Paper Retriever recycling bins and trade it in for cash.

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