How to Get Paid to Recycle Your Stuff

Save the Planet, Get Some Green for Electronics

If you recycle, you probably feel good about yourself and what you are doing for the planet every time you stash boxes, bottles, and plastic in the recycling bin; give old clothes to your favorite charity; or give a friend a piece of furniture she likes and you don't use anymore and were ready to put on the curb. All of this stays out of the landfill. Recycling is good, but getting paid to recycle is even better.  But you can't get paid to recycle, aka trade in, just any old thing. Electronics are where it's at when it comes to getting some green for keeping the Earth green. For great information on all kinds of recycling, check out Earth911.com.

Best Buy

You can recycle all kinds of electronics at Best Buy, no matter how old they are, who made them, or where you bought them. If they have value, you can trade in your old electronics--cellphones, tablets, computers, GPS units, and more--and score a Best Buy gift card.  Use the trade-in calculator on the website to find out if your item has any value and if so, how much your gift card will be. More

Gazelle

Sell your old electronics (calculators, camcorders, and everything in between) to Gazelle, and they'll give you cash. Gazelle has kiosks at many stores and malls, where you can make the transaction. Or you can do it on the Gazelle website. More

SellCell

Pull out all of those old cellphones and tablets that are cluttering up your drawers and your house and plug their info into sellcell.com. Sellcell will compare prices at all the top cell buyers and show you who's willing to pay you the most. After you choose your buyer, you ship your device off and wait to get paid via the agreed-upon method. So easy. More

You Renew

At YouRenew.com, you can recycle just about any electronics, but if what you want to get rid of has value, YouRenew will send you a check if it passes its inspection. You can ship devices that have value for free to YouRenew and then wait for your payment for your old stuff. More

Local Recycling Centers

Recycling aluminum cans and scrap metal can bring in a fair amount of money in large volumes. To find a paying recycling center in your area, just check online. These are all local centers, and you must actually take the cans to the recyclers. What you can get for the cans varies, but this is a low-return item per piece.