Now that summer is over, it's time to start cleaning your yard, and getting ready for next year. If you've decided to rent a dumpster, and get rid of everything you don't need, make sure you're not tossing items that could bring you some cash. You might not realize this, but there are a lot of summer items that you can recycle for cash. Here's a short list of some things you should recycle instead of tossing in the landfill.
Old Air Conditioners
If this summer marked the demise of your air conditioner, don't send it to the landfill. Load it up and send it to the recycling center. Most of the parts contained in your air conditioner can be recycled, including the copper wiring, the motor, the fan and the metal coils. To make sure you get the most money for it, be sure to dismantle the unit before you take it to the recycling center. If you've got broken window air conditioners, or swamp coolers, you can take those for scrap metal recycling too.
If you're ready to get rid of your outdoor summer equipment, take a look at the list below first. You might be throwing something away that can be turned into quick cash.
Worn Out BBQ Grills
If it's time to replace your BBQ grill, take the old one to the recycling center. Most BBQ grills are made of either stainless steel or aluminum. Both materials can bring a nice sum of money when you recycle it.
Dilapidated Lawn Furniture
If you've got old aluminum or wrought iron lawn furniture that's worn out and ready to be replaced, get them ready for the recycling center. Most recycling centers will take those items too.
Broken Pool Supplies
If you're ready to replace your above-ground pool with an in-ground model, there are parts of your above-ground system that can be recycled, including the motor and the old aluminum ladder.
Window Screen Frames
If your window screen frames are made from aluminum, and it's time to replace them, don't toss them in the trash. Instead, head to the recycling center with them. Many people don't realize that window screen frames are completely recyclable, as are screen doors.
If you had your share of summertime parties in your backyard, you probably have a nice collection of aluminum cans. Don't put them in your curbside recycling bin for the city to collect. Instead, bag them up and recycle them for yourself. You'll keep the aluminum cans out of the local landfills, and you'll bring in some extra cash.