Our weekends have a new activity that we never would have guessed before moving to California: recycling! Each weekend, we make one of our errand stops at a recycling kiosk where we can turn in our bottles and cans for cash.
The photo above is my husband and son at the automated RePlanet recycle kiosk. You just put the bottles in the hole and the machine recognizes them and adds the money to the register.
In Alaska, where we used to live, the recycling opportunities are few and far between, and you certainly won’t see any recycling bins out in public or in stores (except Walmart, which has 4 bins inside for the whole town to use!).
The 5 and 10 cent bottle CRV rates have us saving not just our own bottles, but also bottles from trash cans and even the ground! At this kiosk, a receipt prints out that you can use either to get cash or to pay for groceries at Ralph’s stores. Here was the printout from 1 of our 4 bags yesterday:
My husband is frugal like me, and when he takes out our trash, he always keeps his eyes open for recyclable bottles and cans. Surprisingly, a lot of people throw them away. I’m not sure if they don’t know to turn them in for money or just don’t care, but their loss is our gain!
Yesterday we turned in 3 bags full of recycle bottles and cans for about $7. Only 1 of the 4 bags was ours, the rest were items that we found. What a great way to make a little extra cash and save the planet at the same time!