How to Get Paid to Recycle

Recycling is good, but getting paid to recycle is better. Here's a list of companies that will give you cash, gift cards, coupons or credits when you recycle:

Advance Auto Parts

Recycling Prices. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Bring in your old car or light truck battery, and they'll give you a $5 gift card. For more information visit their website.

Note: Scrap metal recycling centers may be willing to pay you more. Call to see what the current rate is before going the gift card route.

Best Buy

Trade in your old electronics – cell phones, tablets, computers, GPS units, and more – and score a Best Buy gift card. Available in store and online.


Sell your old electronics (calculators, camcorders and everything in between) to Gazelle, and they'll pay you by check, PayPal, gift cards or a charitable donation in your name – the choice is yours.

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Office Depot

Take your empty ink and toner cartridges to Office Depot for recycling, and you'll earn $2 in Worklife Rewards for each one. Limit 10 cartridges per month. $10 purchase required.


Pull out all of those old cell phones that are cluttering up your house, and plug their info into They'll compare prices at all the top cell buyers, and show you who's willing to pay you the most.


Recycle your empty ink and toner cartridges at Staples, and you'll get $2 in Staples Rewards for each one. Limit 10 per month. Also requires a $30 ink purchase within the last 180 days.


Pull out those reusable bags before you head to Target. Each one you use (in place of a Target bag), will get you five cents off of your purchase.

Local Recycling Centers

Recycling aluminum cans and scrap metal can bring in a fair amount of money. To find a paying recycling center in your area, search under "recycling" in the phone book.