One method to earn money by recycling is well known by many people – recycling aluminum cans (Coke, Beer, etc.). However, for some reason many people continue to throw their aluminum cans in to the trash instead of simply recycling them. Did you know that the average person consumes 2.5 beverages each day while at work? What if you started a recycling bin at your office and collected all the cans generated by your co-workers? Each can is roughly worth $0.01 and although this does not sound like very much money you can accumulate enough cans to make this form of earning money by recycling worthwhile.
Some interesting facts about recycling aluminum cans:
Although there are tons of cans currently being thrown away and not recycled, over 50% are currently being recycled. This results in roughly 163 MILLION cans being recycled EVERY DAY! Another amazing fact is that once an aluminum can is recycled it can be back in a store like new in under two months! I find it amazing that the recycling process can occur so quickly. I bet you would have never guessed that by recycling one aluminum can you were saving enough energy to run your TV for about 3 hours! Last year there were enough cans recycled to save the energy equivalent to 15 million barrels of crude oil. Aluminum is a very sustainable metal – in fact roughly 2/3rds of all the aluminum every produced is still in use today!