WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- We all know that recycling our paper, plastic, and glass is important for the enviornment.
But what if I told you that you that recycling certain items could earn you some cold hard cash?
Investopedia gives us three things that you can recycle for cash back or a tax deduction:
1. Gift Cards.
We all have received that gift card for a holiday gift or birthday present that we feel like we will never use. If you have one of these lying around the house, Gift Card Rescue is a service that will take your unused gift card and send you a check for it. If you have a gift card that you have used up or it's outdated gift card, Gift Card Recycler will take those and give you points for the number of cards you send in.
2. Cooking Oil.
It may seem odd, but there are several recycling centers, bio-diesel firms, and individuals that will pay you for your used cooking oil. Prices range from 33 cents to 66 cents a gallon.
TerraCycle is a company that will pay you for your garbage. A program that works best with schools of non-profit organizations, TerraCycle will donate money to your cause for every piece of trash you send the organization, and they will even pay for shipping. We're talking candy wrappers, juice boxes, ink jet containers, old cameras -- that kind of thing.