Maybe you are wondering how to make money from other people’s unwanted items. If you have the inclination and time, recycling could be a full time job, so here’s some inspiration with a few items which can be recycled and turned into cash.
Almost everywhere, bottle recycling is an excellent way to be environmentally friendly and is a great way to make money. You need to be saving all your bottles and cans as the refund is ten cents. There are several ways to add to your collection; you can pick up cans and bottles from the roadside by taking a bag and using some gloves; or ask your neighbours if they would save their bottles and cans for you and you can arrange collection on a specific day. A month’s worth of bottles and cans from a few households may make this worthwhile. For some, this may prove to be a lucrative business to make money and can even start their own recycling businesses like this 7-year-old boy.
2. Scrap metal
Small amounts of scrap metal won’t be worth a lot of money but bigger items like dishwashers, washing machines or a fridge could yield significant income. Ask other people to see if they have anything they no longer want before you arrange to take your own items. Copper is worth more than most other metals so look out for old rusty pots or discarded tap ware lying around in the shed.
Some of the most striking (and highly valued) sculptures have been made out of junk. Old bicycle wheels and tyres – even garden tools – can be made into something incredibly beautiful when welded together. If you have any artistic tendencies or welding skills this could be perfect for you, but even if you’re a novice the results might surprise you. A basic welder costs about $150.00, but you can make a lot more once you get settled into sculpting.
4. Make money clearing gardens ready for landscaping
This is something that’s frequently advertised on listings sites like Gumtree. Someone may just want to have a garden cleared of existing shrubs and rocks and doesn’t have the time or ability to do it themselves. Sometimes specialized digging equipment like a mini loader or bobcat may be required, so you will need to work out any expenses for hiring machinery before taking on the job.