What Are Some Places That Pay for Recycling?


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Three companies that pay for at least some recyclable materials are Advantage Metals Recycling, Metro Recycling and TerraCycle. Some of these companies pay their scrap metal providers on the spot, while others have a credit program.

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As of 2015, Advantage Metals Recycling has several locations in eastern Kansas and western and central Missouri. The company collects scrap metal and pays the providers on the spot. It collects both nonferrous scrap metal items, such as soda cans, aluminum lawn chairs, brass faucets, copper pipes and Christmas lights, as well as ferrous material, including stoves, refrigerators, air conditioners, cast iron patio furniture and lawn mowers. Advantage Metals Recycling then processes the metal in an environmentally conscious manner and sends it off to aluminum melters and steel mills.

Metro Recycling operates in one location in Illinois and two in Indiana. The company collects a wide range of items, including cardboard, electric motors, aluminum cans, PVC tubing and scrap steel. Some restrictions apply. The company pays providers at their facilities.

TerraCycle has several different programs that customers can sign up for. Remuneration comes in the form of TerraCycle points, which are either used to collect charitable gifts or sent to a non-profit school designated by the customer. Programs include the Cigarette Waster Brigade, the Colgate Oral Care Brigade and the Drink Pouch Brigade.

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