How to get paid to recycle aluminum cans

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How to get paid to recycle aluminum cans
Aluminium cans can be easily recycled. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Aluminium is a lightweight metal that is used to make cans for beverages, including soda. Aluminium is a very easy material to recycle. In fact, the aluminium from one soda can is used to create a virtually identical material when recycled. This makes the business of getting paid to recycle aluminium cans a real possibility because recyclers of all kinds are actively seeking aluminium products. With just a little knowledge and effort, you too can be paid to recycle aluminium cans.


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    Collect cans from various places, such as your neighbours', friends' and family members' homes. If they're not already recycling the cans, you can do it for them. Provide local businesses that don't have a recycling program with a designated receptacle for patrons to toss aluminium cans.

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    Gather all of your aluminium cans in one place. Separate them from other metals, as well as other aluminium products, such as pie plates. To get paid the most, recycle aluminium cans by themselves.

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    Rinse out your aluminium cans. This will help maximise the amount you're paid and keep the cans sanitary until you can transport them. Fill each can with water, cover the top and shake vigorously. Empty the water. Repeat until the water you empty runs clear.

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    Contact local recyclers to find out which ones will pay you the most for your aluminium cans. Use online resources, such as Earth 911, to find out which businesses in your local area accept aluminium cans for recycling. These can include recycling centres, department and grocery stores, convenience centres and solid waste service departments. Ask each recycler how much it pays for aluminium cans.

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    Bring all of your cans to the recycler that will pay you the most. Inform the recycling service worker that you have only pure aluminium cans that have all been thoroughly cleaned.

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