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Places to sell aluminum cans

Updated March 23, 2017

Selling aluminium cans is a way to not only make a little bit of extra cash, but also clean up the environment in the process. There are several places you can turn in aluminium cans and other aluminium scraps, and receive money in return. Some places will be able to pay you by the pound, or by each individual can you turn in. While you won't be able to make a living selling aluminium cans, it is a great way to earn additional money.

How to Sell Your Aluminum Cans

First, you should be sure to collect as many aluminium cans as possible. Most scrap-metal places will only pay by the pound, so be sure you have enough to count toward a decent payout. Other places, such as recycling centres and stations at grocery stores, will pay you per can collected.

The best place to search for locations in your area is on the Internet. Doing a simple search for "aluminium recycling centre" with your city name should give you ample results for finding places nearby. Furthermore, many grocery stores across the U.S. now have recycling stations. They are usually tall units into which you slip each individual can. Once you have finished dropping all of your cans in one by one, the unit will print out a receipt indicating how much money you are due and how many cans you have recycled. You then take the receipt inside the store and receive your money at the checkout centre or customer service desk. The standard rate for each can is five cents, but some states offer up to 10 cents per can.

Selling at Scrap-Metal Yards

If you have an abundance of aluminium cans or aluminium material you are trying to unload or rid yourself of, you may want to go to a scrap-metal yard and sell it off by the pound. Currently, most yards will give you anywhere from 40 to 70 cents per pound of aluminium. Oftentimes the pay ratio will increase for scrap aluminium amounts in excess of 45.4 Kilogram, but be sure to check with your local scrap-metal yard on their policy.

While it's not necessary to crush each can before you sell them, it may help save room and give you the ability to turn in more cans at one time and get more money in the process.

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Lauren Farrelly has been writing and producing for television since 2003. She has experience covering sports, business news and general news events for CNBC, ESPN and Bleacher Report. Farrelly has a BA in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University.