At my son’s school, they had the kids collect aluminum cans for a school trip to the big city in my state. It was a win-win because the kids paid for their trip by doing something beneficial for the planet…
After the trip was over, I encouraged my son to continue to collect the cans as a money-making experiment! I told him I would find a way to get money for the cans that he collected and crushed.
After he starting collecting the cans, I wasn’t sure if I could find a place to turn in the cans for money after all. I created the post called: “Is Recycling Aluminum Cans Worth Doing Anymore?” because of doubts that it would be worth it (especially taking in a long drive to do so).
Well I’m happy to say that I did find a recycling plant and as an added bonus, it was less than 2 miles away from where I work!
So what was the payout that my son got paid?
For the 16 lbs of the crushed cans that I took in, he received $10.40! The price per can turned out to be 65 cents per lbs!
I was actually quite surprised with the payout! I thought that cans were going for 40 cents per lbs in my area, so I expected a number closer to $6.00 for the single bag I took to the recycling plant.
It was a pleasant surprise for the both of us!
A side perk of recycling the aluminum cans was that I found out that the recycling plant also take many other metals too. And the biggest find was that they take old computer and monitors for free!
Our experiment is now done, but we both are much better at the entire process, so who know… I may continue the process…
Have you ever considered participating in a recycling program?
If you don’t care about getting money for your recycling efforts, check out nearby fire stations, call them and ask if they take aluminum cans or plastic water bottles. I know that they will recycle the cans and give the money to burn victims, or at least that’s the case in our area!
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