7. Recycle for Cash
Did you know you could get cash just for recycling electronics? Metal pieces and components in computers and other electronics can cause both air and water pollution if sent to a landfill. Websites like Gazelle or NextWorth will pay you for your devices, especially if they are relatively new and in working condition. Even if they’re not working, you can also try selling old laptops and other metallic items as scrap metal. The value is usually determined by weight, with metals like copper and brass paying out the most per pound. Even plastic bottles and aluminum cans might earn you a little extra. If you live in a state that offers a cash refund for recycling, you can make a little money collecting bottles and cans, although it tends to be time consuming. Currently, only CA, CT, HI, IO, ME, MA, MI, NY, OR, and VT offer $.05-.10 per bottle, but it depends on the size and material.