How to Recycle Plastic Bottles for Money

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Recycling takes a significant role in our lives more today than in the past. The benefits of recycling are numerous, and cutting down on our individual carbon footprint is important to sustaining an earth for future generations. According to Buzzle, "It is estimated that Americans use approximately two million plastic bottles every hour. Majority of these bottles are discarded and not recycled." We're already facing dwindling space in our landfills. One way to help is to recycle your bottles with the added benefit of a bit of extra cash in your pocket.

Collect all your bottles and cans. You can purchase specific recycling bags at your local grocer, or convert a tub that previously held toys to collect the bottles. Another option is to sign up for a recycling account at your local supermarket (not all chains offer this). The store provides you with a set number of recycling bags and tags that have a bar code unique to your account. Simply collect the bottles and when the bag is full return to the supermarket. You don't even have to stay while they sort. The store will then automatically deposit the money into your recycling account, and you can withdraw it from a special ATM.

Sort bottles from cans if you desire, or simply gather them up and take them to your local recycling centre. There are several options available that allow you to sort the bottles and cans when you get there; or, the centre will do it for you while you wait, and you receive a bit of extra spending money.

Donate the bottles and cans you collected for a fund raiser for your kids' school. Or, have your children collect the bottles, turn them in and then take the money they earned to help the charity of their choice.

Remove the bottles that do not have a monetary return but are still recyclable and place them in a separate bin to dispose of properly.

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