How to Cash in Aluminum Cans

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How to Cash in Aluminum Cans
Recycle aluminium cans for some extra cash. (Recycle image by jeremyhowell from

Recycling aluminium cans helps both the earth and your wallet. Many recycling centres pay a small amount of money for each can you recycle. Bring in enough cans and you'll earn a little money back on your purchases. Pick up cans people have thrown out in your neighbourhood, or ask your neighbours for their cans, and you'll earn money without spending anything. Though the pay is small, you're also helping to protect the environment.

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Things you need

  • Can crusher

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  1. 1

    Search for recycling centres closest to you. Websites such as and provide free recycling centre search engines.

  2. 2

    Call the recycling centres and ask if they pay cash for aluminium cans. Mark down the ones that do and ask if they prefer cans crushed.

  3. 3

    Wash and dry the cans. Crush them in a can crusher or by stepping on them while wearing heavy shoes. recommends leaving the pop tabs on the cans since they adds more weight and thus can earn you a few cents more.

  4. 4

    Place all your cans into bags and tie them closed. Drive the cans to the recycling centre and give them to a worker to be weighed.

Tips and warnings

  • To make more money, organise a neighbourhood group to collect cans. Look for cans people have tossed out as well as collect your own cans. Take turns driving the cans to the recycling centre and divide the earned money among the group.

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