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Sponsor Post: Make Money by Recycling in San Diego

How recycling might help to fill your pockets

Did you know that you can actually make money when you recycle your basic household items in San Diego? You won’t make a mint, but you can get a bit of extra spending cash by taking certain recycling items with a redemption value down to the Miramar Recycling Center, the city's main municipal recycling center. Here's how you can make money through recycling in your city:

1. Recycle beverage containers. Aluminum, plastic, glass, and steel beverage containers on which you've already paid a California Redemption Value (CRV) can be turned in so that you can get that redemption value back. It's not a fortune, but if your house goes through lots of beverage containers, it can be a bit of money in your pocket.

2. The city also pays scrap value for certain types of metals, cardboard, and newspaper. The value changes depending on demand, so you can call the Miramar Recycling Center ahead of time to find out which types of recyclables the city is paying for and how much the scrap value is at the time.

While you can make a bit of money by recycling in San Diego, you may also need to pay to recycle certain items. These are items like appliances that contain CFCs, tires, and electronics, which you are banned by California law from putting into the trash. For instance, you'll pay $25 to recycle a fridge or freezer, and you'll pay $6 each to recycle small computers and electronics.

Luckily, though, there are other options around the city that allow you to responsibly recycle these items without paying anything. Look for free drop-off or pick-up programs through independent recyclers. Since these recycling companies make money from tearing apart and recycling your used items, they'll take them off your hands for free!

About Recycle San Diego

Recycle San Diego is the area’s preeminent provider of recycling services, including electronics recycling, battery recycling, ewaste drop-off and pickup services and business waste management. Recycle San Diego also offers ewaste collection events, hard drive destruction and paper shredding services. Learn more at RecycleSanDiego.org.

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