Recycle Your Own Bottles and Cans

I love taking bottles and cans to my local recycling center because it's good for the environment, I get some additional exercise, and I make extra pocket money. Some states have a bottle bill, allowing you to get 5 to 10 cents for every empty can or bottle you return. The place I take mine to do it by weight. Check out what I made on the receipt. This was for a few weeks of picking up at my house and at my studio.

Click the link below to see if your state has a bottle bill.


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March 24, 20171 found this helpful
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Some lady in my neighborhood goes around and empties everyone's recycling cans on recycling day. When my son moved out, I had no water bottles for her to take anymore. She got mad at me:)

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March 25, 20171 found this helpful

Hahahaha-- I'm sure it was a very short anger. You're a lovely person, Judy. :)

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March 24, 20172 found this helpful
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I was glad to see your post on recycling. Recycling can be a lot of work, sorting, rinsing, ESPECIALLY for seniors or those who don't have time or motivation. Our County recycles everything and collects and sells the waste or incinerates it, depending.


Recycling is SO important. I urge those who don't have a total recycling program to try to develop one for residences, businesses, and for trash on public lands.

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March 25, 20170 found this helpful

Yes! It is great for seniors to do for many reasons. I have gotten my parents to do it in their town, as well.

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

I give my recycles to my parents' and they go to a recycle place down the street. :)

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March 24, 20171 found this helpful

Youth organizations' volunteers (Scouts Canada, in my neighbourhood), happily pick up such items: it's one way to donate without any real out-of-pocket expense.

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March 24, 20190 found this helpful

this is a good idea, I will check it out in my area. Thanks

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March 27, 20170 found this helpful

Yes, it is good exercise and you can make a few bucks at it, but more so, it is just the responsible thing to do. Thank you.

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January 6, 20190 found this helpful

Years ago, in Texas, we had places where you could take recycled cans and the machine would give you money. My son was all gung-ho to pick up cans and do this, so we saved for months, keeping the cans but recycling the glass in our regular bin.


I warned him that it probably wouldn't be very much, and when we took the bags of cans, we got something like $1.50. He was so disappointed.

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January 7, 20190 found this helpful

Oregon charges for bottle deposits. We pay an additional 10 cents when we buy anything in a single serving can or bottle (even water) which is refunded when you return them. So the money really adds up. It usually takes 10-15 minutes to feed them into the machine and sometimes there is a wait so it isn't anyone's favorite job. I usually have one of my sons return them and keep the money.

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