Did someone say free money?
By Suzanne Speight
Bottom line: metal and electronics recycling is free money, period. I am a loyal customer of Main Metal Recycling and at any given time, I can be found driving around with an assortment of aluminum cans, old cell phones, small appliances, power cords, and general roadside stuff in the trunk of my small car. I live less than two miles from Main Metal Recycling and I am a frequent customer, but it’s not that I live close, but rather that they pay me for these things! Can you believe it?
Friends and family jokingly refer to me as a junk dealer and I know they must wonder why I bother to go out of my way to collect scrap metals and electronics to take in for recycling. Personally, I am fortunate to be part of a dual-income family and I have a well-paying job that I love. However, my Dad even asked me recently if I was having money troubles because I am always asking him if I can have his junk in the garage to take in for recycling.
I understand why he has this perception about recycling. When a person thinks of someone who deals in scrap metal or even electronics, some typical stereotypes come to mind. A Fred Sanford-type guy driving an old broken down truck through the neighborhood on trash day or how about homeless folks with a grocery cart picking up cans on the side of the road. At first, that was my only image of metal recycling before I joined the ranks of scrap metal sellers. Boy was I wrong!
In reality, there is a large variety of people who recycle metals and electronics. Yes, there are those Sanford-types out there, but the vast majority of them are people just like you and I. You would even be surprised at the amount of materials local Jacksonville businesses sell as well! The key to remember is, anyone can recycle scrap metals and electronics!
It may even surprise you at how easy and little effort it takes to recycle. The staff at Main Metal Recycling are helpful and knowledgeable and most of all… it is free money! I am saving all my recycling money to help pay for a cruise this summer! If I can earn a cruise, think of what you could do with that much extra cash just for recycling instead of throwing things out. Friends and family give me old cell phones, electronics and small appliances, my pastor gives me aluminum cans (Don’t worry, I will be sure to give that money back to the church!), and my co-workers even bring in items to the office from time to time.
I had no idea there were so many things that can be recycled! Curling irons, toasters, old computers (desktop and laptop), power cords, ladders, portable DVD players, tools, cookware and silverware, cell phones, motors, aluminum foil, remote controls, nails, toys and more. I even recycled a fake Christmas tree that was out at the curb on our street! Some things bring in more money than others, but regardless it is all free money in the end. Have any old brass candlesticks lying around? Send them to me or take them to Main Metal Recycling in Jacksonville, FL! Small amounts will add up to funding toward a cruise to the Caribbean!
Aside from the free money aspect, scrap metal and electronics recycling is obviously a great way to support the environment. It is energy saving, because it takes less energy to make products from recycled sources. Computers and other old electronic items contain a lot of hazardous materials that are harmful to the air and water. However, if they aren’t disposed of property, such as by recycling, they never end up in the landfill. Electronic landfill waste is often shipped to third world countries where it is a threat to the health and well-being of the people. Main Metal Recycling ensures that all the items I sell to them are recycled responsibly for both health and environmental safety. Doing your part to properly dispose of electronics is a win-win situation, environmentally and financially. By taking your old items to Main Metal Recycling you’ll be able to recycle with confidence that your materials are disposed properly… plus like I said before, free money!
Metal and electronics recycling is a great way to make extra money and help the environment. I encourage anyone to do it today!
About the Author
Suzanne Speight is a Jacksonville native. She graduated from Sandalwood High School, joined the Navy, returned to Jacksonville, married, and graduated from University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She lives in the Avondale/Riverside neighborhood with her husband Dan and their cat Buddy.