Collecting Cans

United States
August 18, 2009 2:03pm CST
We have a place in town that buys aluminum cans. I started saving them. They told me the rate is like 65 cents a lb. How many cans do you think I'd need to get a decent amount of money?? I am going to crush the cans so I fit more into a garbage bag.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
18 Aug 09
Where I used to live, we got a nickel a can. Hang on I will go get a scale and an empty pop can...brb... So the empty pop can whieghed in at 0.5oz, that would be 32 cans for 65 cents. I am thinking you could do the rest of the math quite easily...I am surprised they are doing it that way, somebody could easily cheat... Cheers.
@his0yir (258)
18 Aug 09
Hmm, as an alternative way to encourage people to recycle wastes it doesn't sound to bad. For homeless people it can be a decent income for them to afford some food. Of course, I also heard stories about people stored so much rubbish in their houses that neighbours complain smell....
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
19 Aug 09
Yeah, I have seen that on the tube from time to time, one of the bigger reasons I quite watching, then I thought. I had a cousin like that. Stopped visiting. But, that is how some people are, too lazy to clean after themselves.
@Jennlk84 (4220)
• United States
18 Aug 09
When I was younger my uncle use to let me "collect" all of his aluminum cans and he'd take me to the recycling place and they'd pay me for them! It was great! Now a days we just recycle them because we live in a state that requires us to. We don't get any money for them unless we take them to the grocery store to recycle them. My husband and I very rarely buy soda in cans so it isn't very often that we even have aluminum cans. Good luck collecting them! Hope you're able to make a decent amount of $.
@peavey (15020)
• United States
18 Aug 09
They really make aluminum cans light any more. I remember when 16 cans used to be a pound. At a half an ounce now, that's half what they used to be. Still, it shouldn't take long to pick up 32 cans. I confess that I will walk across a parking lot to pick one up. It adds up.
@his0yir (258)
18 Aug 09
Aluminum cans are quite light. No idea how many cans weigh a lb. But recyle is a good thing. It helps environment as well as your wallet!I read this news half a year ago. The big supermarket chain Tesco in Britain awards its customer for recycling cans, bottles, glasses, carton boxes, each recycled item receives one Tesco point. One point equals one penny, and points will load to your Tesco card. Because Tesco points can be exchanged to other rewards, such as British Airway flight tickets, a newly-wed couple, in order to fulfill their dreamed honeymoon, spent few months collecting cans and bottles on streets. They eventually made their holiday in central America, without paying any penny. So, good luck. I am sure you will gain something out of it. :)