How to Get Paid for Recycling Your Electronics

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If you recycle, you probably feel good about yourself and what you are doing for the planet every time you stash boxes, bottles, and plastic in the recycling bin or give old clothes to your favorite charity. All of this stays out of the landfill. Recycling is good, but getting paid to recycle is even better. But you can't get paid to recycle just any old thing. Electronics are where it's at when it comes to getting some green for keeping the Earth green. For great information on all kinds of recycling, check out

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    Best Buy

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    You can recycle all kinds of electronics at Best Buy, no matter how old they are, who made them, or where you bought them. If they have value, you can trade in your old electronics—cell phones, tablets, computers, and more—and score a Best Buy gift card. Use the trade-in calculator on the website to find out if your item has any value and if so, how much your gift card will be.

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    Sell your old electronics (calculators, camcorders, and everything in between) to Gazelle, and they'll give you cash. Gazelle has kiosks at many stores and malls, where you can make the transaction. Or you can do it on the Gazelle website.

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    Junk Drawers and storage spaces

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    Pull out all of those old cell phones and tablets that are cluttering up your drawers and your house and plug their info into Sellcell will compare prices at all the top cell buyers and show you who's willing to pay you the most. After you choose your buyer, ship your device off and wait to get paid via the agreed-upon method. So easy!

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    You Renew

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    At, you can recycle just about any electronics, but if what you want to get rid of has value, YouRenew will send you a check if it passes its inspection. You can ship devices for free to YouRenew and then wait for your payment.

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    Local Recycling Centers

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    Recycling aluminum cans and scrap metal can bring in a fair amount of money in large volumes. To find a paying recycling center in your area, just check online. These are all local centers, and you must actually take the cans to the recyclers. What you can get for the cans varies, but this is a low-return item per piece.