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Thrifty Thursday: Get Paid to Recycle

By April 22, 2010

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Whether you've helped save the planet for years or you've been holding out on going green, there's an extra incentive for recycling. You can now get paid to recycle.

Money in a trash can illustrates how you can get paid to recycle
Turn your recyclables into cash
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I'm not talking about collecting cans thrown out of a moving car on the freeway and getting a penny per can. Paper. Plastic. Old junk. Used electronics. If it can be recycled, RecycleBank.com will accept it and reward you with points you can use to buy what you want.

Here's how it works:

People with RecycleBank curbside service in their cities put their recyclables in a special cart that's weighed each week. For every pound you recycle, you earn 2.5 points. Those points transfer into rewards you can use to buy merchandise at more than 1,500 stores.

If you don't live in one of the 25 states with curbside service, you can still earn points. Send in your old electronics for points regardless of your location. RecycleBank has also teamed with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for a program that sends a truck to your home to load your unwanted appliances, paper, carpet, tires, furniture, mattresses, wood and more.

Recycling is a no-brainer. It's where you'll spend your points that's the hard part. The program can earn you everything from free cat food to a luxury vacation. Points earn you free money at stores like:

  • Amazon.com
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Best Buy
  • Coca-Cola
  • CVS/pharmacy
  • iTunes
  • Kmart.com
  • McDonald's
  • Sam's Club
  • Staples
The RecycleBank website has a complete list of reward partners in your area. Just plug in your zip code below and prepare to scroll.

There are so many things to love about this program. My favorite is the updated stats on how much recycling through RecycleBank has helped Mother Earth. Currently, the website states 6,047,906 trees and 404,000,171 gallons of oil have been saved.

Recycle today and make those numbers go up!

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