By GalTime Nerd Chick Andrea Eldridge
Cleaning out the garage is one of those things on my lengthy list of things I should do, but will probably never get around to. Sorting through boxes is just never that compelling. But I've discovered that what typically pushes me to action is a little monetary persuasion.
If I know I've got a book, a gadget, or some old gym equipment in those boxes that can be sold on Craigslist, I'm in there with my iPod on and my sleeves rolled up. In light of Earth Day and the fact that I really need to sort through my stuff and get on with reducing, reusing, and recycling, I found some ways to make some greenbacks by going green. If these don't motivate you to jump in there and tackle your own garage (or barn, or storage shed), I don't know what will.
First stop is www.recyclebank.com, a website that lets you earn points by recycling, participating in contests or surveys from sponsors like UncommonGoods and Kashi, even by watching videos and playing games about recycling and being more eco-conscious. Once you register, points you earn for participating accrue on your account.
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If your community participates, the total amount of recycled material in your area is tallied and converted into Recyclebank points. Those points are then divided among all recyclers in the community. Trade points for coupons, magazine subscriptions, even gift cards from Walmart, Home Depot and more. With over three million members, they're expanding their services so if you don't see a reward that interests you, hang on to your points.
As long as you're active once every twelve months points never expire. Even better, you can donate your points to the school of your choice. Since 2007, the program has granted more than $350,000 to schools across the country.
My home is where electronics go to die. I have cabinets full of gadgets and gizmos that were at some point "necessary" but are now gathering dust. This Earth Day I vow to see what I can turn over to BuyMyTronics, a website that will buy back lightly used electronics. Cell phones, wireless aircards, MP3 players, cameras, eBook Readers, GPS, even game consoles - they have the largest list of eligible electronics I've found.
Sure, I might make a couple more bucks on eBay, but the simplicity of three clicks and an offer will definitely get the stuff off my shelf and into their postage-paid envelope. They take items in any condition, and will recycle stuff that's not sellable. If your item isn't listed, request a custom quote. Don't like the offer? Check out www.gazelle.com (for Apple products and some smartphones) or www.yourenew.com (for handheld electronics, smartphones and laptops) to price compare.
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