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How to make money through recycling


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Recycling is one of the most effective methods of reducing your harmful impacts on the environment and with the recycling bins provided by councils on the streets and in homes it has never been easier. The reason that recycling is more environmentally friendly is that components of your recycled items, or on occasions the entire item, are used in the development of new products which means less energy, hours and natural resources are used in production.

Yet many people choose not to recycle as they believe that singularly they cannot make a difference and there is no tangible reward for this action, despite being aware of the fact that it will help preserve the state of our planet. However recycling can be an excellent way of generating some extra money and there are several ways to turn your unwanted items into some extra income, therefore allowing you to help the environment whilst rewarding yourself for your efforts. Below are some of the best ways to raise money through recycling.

Recycling electrical items:

Often when we are replacing a piece of electrical equipment such as the television or fridge we take it to the dump to dispose of it, regardless of whether it is faulty or not. However even if an electrical item is faulty, many of the components are likely to be fully functioning and in an adequate condition to be used again. There are two ways that you can benefit from this, firstly you could dismantle the item and sell the components separately however this can be difficult without a fair level of knowledge on the assembly of electronic equipment. The second option, which is far more convenient, is to sell your unwanted electrical items to a company such as Zarax who buy any electrical items regardless of whether they are fully functional or not.

With the success of websites such as envirophone and Mazuma Mobile and the introduction of numerous copycats, mobile phone recycling has become extremely popular. With mobile phones lying unused in houses across the UK, people are more frequently taking the opportunity to earn up to £150 by recycling these unwanted handsets. Recent research revealed that in January alone the recycling of mobile phones generated £2.63 million in the UK, with the average amount paid for a handset standing at £59.

Boot fairs:

It is likely that you have many unwanted items in your home that serve no purpose and instead simply create clutter and reduce free space. If this is the case then the best course of action is to undertake a house clearance , organising your belongings to determine those that you wish to keep and those that are no longer wanted. The benefits of boot sales, as opposed to using online auction sites to sell your items are that you can sell all of your items together, price negotiation is far easier and you will receive the money there and then. The associated costs are also lower as postage and packaging costs are eliminated with boot fairs and the admission is often around only £10 per car.

Recycling ink cartridges:

Although it will not allow you to generate huge sums of money, recycling your empty ink cartridges can help you raise money and reducing the impacts on the environment. There are companies that buy unwanted ink cartridges, however refilling ink cartridges is far more likely to save you money in the long term and this is also extremely environmentally friendly.


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