Cashing in on Recycling

The phrase "one man's trash is another's treasure" may be a cliché, but sometimes bottles, cans, and other recyclables can turn into real money.


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In “The Cans That Saved Choir” (September/October 2013), Chi Jasmine Jia explains how she helped to raise more than $15,000 for her daughter’s school through her recycling program, Green for Green. She even made YouTube videos to encourage others to get involved. Many cities in the U.S. pay a small sum (about five cents) for every recyclable item turned in, and this can add up. The following videos were put together by the Green for Green program. After watching the videos, scroll down for a list of places to search for recycling centers in your area.

The Green Heroes

How to recycle for fundraising: Empty, crush, sort, and donate your CRV plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and glass bottles and jars.

Green for Green at Work

How the Green for Green program turns trash into cash.

Find Recycling Centers:

If you’re unsure about where to take your old computer, try Earth911. It allows you to search for recycling centers based on location and type of waste. On the go? Check out Earth911’s iRecycle app for Android and Apple phones.

If you’re looking for the closest location to your home, try The Recycling Center and search by zip code. Or search for locations on state maps at Think Green.

If you can’t find anything in your area, you can learn how to start a recycling program with help from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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