If you are like many people, you are probably always looking for a way to make a few bucks. Luckily, one fast and easy yet effective way to make a little bit of extra money is by recycling aluminum cans. Along with making a little bit of cash, it's also helpful for the environment, so it's a win-win no matter what.
Unfortunately, some people say that you can't make decent money from recycling aluminum cans, and it's true that you need a decent number of cans in order to bring back a sizable amount of money. Luckily, following these tips will help you get as much as possible when recycling aluminum cans for cash.
1. Leave the Tabs On Some people make the mistake of removing the tabs from the cans, which isn't a good idea. Although some people think that they are worth more than the cans themselves, this isn't the truth. The tabs are actually made from the same type of aluminum as the rest of the can, so you won't make any more money by selling them separately. In fact, you can get paid less at some recycling centers for removing the tabs, so leave them in place.
2. Get Them Clean Take the time to rinse out your aluminum cans before selling them, and get rid of any dirt or debris. If the recycling center sees that the cans are dirty, you might be given a reduced rate for the debris and non-metal that is in your bag.
3. Avoid Crushing Them Even though you might think that crushing your cans will allow you to fit more weight in your bag, you should know that many recycling centers pay more for cans that are not crushed. Therefore, it's best to leave them whole when you take them to be recycled.
4. Wait for More Bulk You might be ready to take your cans as soon as possible to make a little bit of money, but many recycling companies will pay you more if you sell in bulk. Therefore, it's best to hold on to your cans until you have as many as possible before you go.
Selling aluminum cans can be a good way to help the environment and make a little bit of money. Luckily, following these tips can help you make a little more money at a bottle depot, so you can make it even more worth your while.