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    • MSE Martin
    • By MSE Martin 28th Apr 06, 12:35 PM
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    The Great 'Recycle it for cash' Hunt. Make money from old stuff you don't want.
    • #1
    • 28th Apr 06, 12:35 PM
    The Great 'Recycle it for cash' Hunt. Make money from old stuff you don't want. 28th Apr 06 at 12:35 PM
    This weeks' main article is how to make your old mobile phone pay, however what else is there around your house or garage you can recycle for cash? This isn't about flogging it on eBay; it's about recycling opportunites that make you money and possibly help the enviroment too.

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    • madmoys
    • By madmoys 28th Apr 06, 7:42 PM
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    • 28th Apr 06, 7:42 PM
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    • 28th Apr 06, 7:42 PM
    You could recycle your used ink cartridges here;

    http://www.inkcycle.co.uk/empties3.php?osCsid=54c5ca8be83c46d64deb1c551e9fe0 7c

    I've not tried this yet, as I have'nt enough cartridges.
  • redballoon
    • #3
    • 28th Apr 06, 8:00 PM
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    • 28th Apr 06, 8:00 PM
    tesco recycle ink cartridges too and you get tesco club card points for them as well (i think?)
  • stu_c
    • #4
    • 2nd May 06, 9:02 PM
    Recycling Phones At Tesco
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    • 2nd May 06, 9:02 PM
    I picked up a Freepost envelope in Tesco last week for recycling phones. The options are as follows:

    1. If your phone switches on then you'll get 300 points (using the Tesco Voucher deals that would be 12) plus they donate 1 to "Whizz-Kidz.org.uk".

    2. If your phone does not switch on then you'll only get 50 points (or 2 using Tesco Voucher Deals) but they'll still donate 1 as before.

    3. Alternatively you can also opt to donate that whole lot to charity.

    You can order envelopes from tesco@greenersolutions.com

    Currently each envelope also counts as a competition entry to win a Toyota Prius, (runs until 29th Dec 2006)

    Note: You can only send in 5 phones per person per year.
  • stu_c
    • #5
    • 2nd May 06, 11:02 PM
    Tesco Inkjet Cartridge Recycling
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    • 2nd May 06, 11:02 PM
    I think the freepost bags for recycling cartridges are available from the following company.

    http://www.inkagain.co.uk/collection/order_bags_form_comp.shtml

    Either 1 goes to Whizzkids or 50 clubcard points to you and 50p to the charity. The choice is yours.

    Trust this of some use.
    • EricDeeson
    • By EricDeeson 3rd May 06, 8:53 AM
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    • 3rd May 06, 8:53 AM
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    • 3rd May 06, 8:53 AM
    "This isn't about flogging it on eBay"

    And what's wrong with that? Actually, I've not got as far as eBay yet, but decided to sell several hundred books through Amazon - and have so far received about £1000 in four months. It's not hugely hard work, and it's fun. Now to get back to the remaining (several hundred - c 150) books ...
    • golddustmedia
    • By golddustmedia 3rd May 06, 9:54 AM
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    • 3rd May 06, 9:54 AM
    Hand Tools
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    • 3rd May 06, 9:54 AM
    Not for cash but for charity.

    My local Toolstation shop (a bit like Screwfix, only better!) has a bin for recycling old/broken hand and garden tools which are sent to Africa to be repaired/sharpened and reused.

    I've seen garden spades with broken handles, blunt chisels etc. It's economical for them to be repaired in Africa but not here. Basically the cost of a new handle or sharpening over here is more than the cost of a replacement.
    • golddustmedia
    • By golddustmedia 3rd May 06, 9:58 AM
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    • 3rd May 06, 9:58 AM
    Cars!
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    • 3rd May 06, 9:58 AM
    This is a bit of a cheeky one pulled by my friend. Local car dealer/supermarket place was offering a minimum part exchange of 1000 on any car. Only condition, it must have a valid MOT. He had seen a car he liked but didn't have a car to PX so tried negotiating a deal without trade-in but the best he could get was 500 off.

    SO, a quick trawl of the local paper and he picked up a G reg Rover 214 for 50 with 1 month MOT on it! Popped back to garage and traded it in for 1000 off his chosen car! OK, so realistically the cars were priced up to be able to offer the deal in the first place but still he was 450 better off as a result!
  • pollyanne
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    • 3rd May 06, 10:36 AM
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    • 3rd May 06, 10:36 AM
    For things you want rid of but too good to tip try freecycle.org for your local area - free to join - as you can also ask for things you need it is a wonderful exchange and prevents loads going into landfill each year - only criteria is that everything you offer or want must be free....win/win situation!
    • Contains Mild Peril
    • By Contains Mild Peril 3rd May 06, 12:33 PM
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    Contains Mild Peril
    This is a bit of a cheeky one pulled by my friend. Local car dealer/supermarket place was offering a minimum part exchange of £1000 on any car. Only condition, it must have a valid MOT. He had seen a car he liked but didn't have a car to PX so tried negotiating a deal without trade-in but the best he could get was £500 off.

    SO, a quick trawl of the local paper and he picked up a G reg Rover 214 for £50 with 1 month MOT on it! Popped back to garage and traded it in for £1000 off his chosen car! OK, so realistically the cars were priced up to be able to offer the deal in the first place but still he was £450 better off as a result!
    by golddustmedia
    Nice one! I have a friend who did something similar when a camera shop were offering a trade-in - £50 off if he traded in any used SLR lens. Since he couldn't get a better deal elsewhere, he bought an old manual focus lens for £10 so he could take advantage of the offer, thus saving £40.
    Does anyone know of anywhere that accepts Epson and Epson compatible inkjet cartridges for recycling? I don't know why, but all the inkjet cartridge recycling envelopes I've ever seen accept other major brands but can't recycle Epson cartridges.
  • lustydog
    Recycling for cash
    "This isn't about flogging it on eBay"

    And what's wrong with that? Actually, I've not got as far as eBay yet, but decided to sell several hundred books through Amazon - and have so far received about 1000 in four months. It's not hugely hard work, and it's fun. Now to get back to the remaining (several hundred - c 150) books ...
    by EricDeeson
    Hi Eric
    Don't want to put a damper on your exuberance, but the Tax man has currently got a limit on the amount of articles you can sell on ebay or Amazon.
    You are restricted to 60 items a year, and then they regard it as a business which of course is taxable.
    I myself sold a similar number of books and specialist videos last year, but gave it up as it wasn't worth the hassle of keeping records and filling in forms.
    Of course as there are millions of people doing this, and they may never get round to you, but with these computer thingys who knows what wonders they can perform. Regards lustydog
  • Cheap Chic
    The Bookstore that Plants Trees
    I found a brilliant site to recycle,buy & sell books and it's enviromentally friendly too! I sold 3 of my daughter's text books from uni for 3 each minus the 50p postage it cost me.
    I suggested she sell them at uni but that seemed too difficult,this was the perfect solution.I've made her 7.50 from something that would have been discarded otherwise.
    It wouldn't be suitable for all books.For these I think this beat e-bay and i'm really chuffed with the result.Have a look at www.GreenMetropolis.com and see what you think!
    This is my first time writing and i'm nervous but I hope I've got this across alright! I might try again!
  • Judy5
    Dear Newbie Money Saver,

    Thanks for that tip about Green Metropolis!!

    Judy
  • RevOnline
    Hi Eric
    Don't want to put a damper on your exuberance, but the Tax man has currently got a limit on the amount of articles you can sell on ebay or Amazon.
    You are restricted to 60 items a year, and then they regard it as a business which of course is taxable.
    I myself sold a similar number of books and specialist videos last year, but gave it up as it wasn't worth the hassle of keeping records and filling in forms.
    Of course as there are millions of people doing this, and they may never get round to you, but with these computer thingys who knows what wonders they can perform. Regards lustydog
    by lustydog
    Have you got some proof of that?

    It seems wholly bizarre that I could sell 70 items for a penny each and the taxman would want to know about it. Obviously I'm not saying you're wrong, but I'd like to see something official saying so.
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 5th May 06, 5:06 PM
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    lynzpower
    If you have any bikes or bike parts, you might want to think about these chaps

    ReCycle is a charity dispatching bikes to the developing world.
    They also sell cheap bikes to students.
    More details at http://www.re-cycle.org/
    Unit A, Global Park
    Moorside, Eastgates
    Colchester CO1 2TW

    Tel 0845 458 0852
    or 01206 863111

    E-mail: info@re-cycle.org
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    • new
    • By new 5th May 06, 8:39 PM
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    new
    thanks for the tip!
  • OddjobKIA
    Three words

    CAR BOOT SALE
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  • OddjobKIA
    Apart from that why do we only give to charity that we no longer deem worthy to be in our house. Ive seen some stuff GIVEN to charity and it is disgusting it needs to be chucked in the bin. Not saying that thousands of items that are given in love and near perfect condition dont outway those that aren't. But the attitude that says ' oh they would die for this over there' is wrong they are normally dying anyway.

    please just ask yourself a question lets say an orphan who has lost his parents and family to aids has not eaten for a week and is wearing clothes that you wouldnt put in your dog basket, knocks on your door and asks for some clothes would you open your wardrobe and say help yourself I can replace them over time or would you say hang on theres a bag up the loft i will get it now you can rumage through that.

    I have always lived by the saying 'GIVE UNTILL YOU NOTICE IT'

    Being anonymous on these boards I can say that I only earn 12500 a year I have 3 young kids(7-4-and 7months) and a beautiful wife and we count every penny. But we give away alot of our stuff to people who need it more than us. For an example we only just finished paying for our 3 pice suit after a year it went to a family who's parent were very ill had 5 kids and sat on the floor (we still have a mis match of charity brought stuff). We brought a small car for 350 pounds to see us through for a couple of months spent a bit on it but gave it away to a single mum who had passed her test but could no way afford a car ( she lived miles from anywhere because of probs in her past and thats where she was put)

    Im not saying IM better than you in any way I am still selfish in many ways(mainly food) but why dont we give our good stuff away and make do with the stuff in the garage that 'peolpe out there are dying for'


    sorry to hijack this thread martin i got a bit carried away touched a nerve.
    THE SHABBY SHABBY FOUNDER
  • urban spirit
    Recycling Books
    If you want to recycle some books and a cash return isn't important, you could consider donating them to your local library.
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  • fertler1
    Hmmmm
    Hmmmm .... well thats seems to off p#@sed on every one's fire .... ok ... back to how we can recycle and earn some extra dosh !!!!!
    ..... ebay ebay all the way i say. I just stick to it for my clothes .... when ever I want something new I just sell something old .... I dont have an awful lot of money and cant afford great luxuries like that .. though this little deal with myself works out fine and often have something new(ish) on then.
    Its not cool to be a 'bugga lug' ..... and only 'bugga lugs' dont say THANK YOU !!!!
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