Do you believe that there is money in trash?

@Shavkat (75232)
Philippines
March 31, 2013 9:11am CST
I won't feel so silly on this, since our world is in great danger. I am thinking that recycling used materials is very important ways to save the world. The mere fact that some people used to hoard things and sell them for a cause. Are you that kind of person? Others claim that there is money in trash...Does it make sense?
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@succeednow (1634)
• Singapore
5 Apr 13
Hi shavkat, Of course there's money in trash. I've heard of people finding bundles of banknotes (real ones) among the trash. Since no one knows who the money belongs to I guess it's finder's keeper's. Also trash can be burnt to produce electricity which can then be sold back to the national grid for a tidy profit. That's what I call money in trash! Have a great day.
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@bestboy19 (5481)
• United States
3 Apr 13
There can be money in trash. That is why there are those who dumpster dive and go to yard sales and flee markets. As they say, "One persons trash is another person's gold."
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@lumenmom (1995)
• United States
31 Mar 13
There's actually a fortune in trash. People have such a disposable mentality that many really good and useful items are thrown away daily. I now try to reuse everything at least once and it is amazing the things you can do if you give a bit of thought to it. The other day my nephew said,"we are getting new shoes, you have to wear your same old ones." I looked down at my shoes. They are in great shape and I am so happy with them. Why do I need new ones? They are only getting new ones because of Easter. They don't even go anywhere! So who is the winner? The retailer, of course. Plus I work in retail and have to throw away a lot of perfectly good and sometimes new items all the time because they are now out of season. It makes no sense. I hope we can all become more conscience of our ability to recognize the value in the things we throw away.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
31 Mar 13
Well, I save my aluminum cans and sell them. Is not a lot of money ,but I help the environment and I have a few dollars for snacks.
@Mirita (2668)
• United States
31 Mar 13
Wow! that is really unique.
@bux123 (96)
• India
1 Apr 13
I sell my newspapers every month I don't get much money.I like to recycle old thing that is very important and very useful government of every country should encourage people to recycle things. in future we will get more benefits from recycling.
@SIMPLYD (89208)
• Philippines
31 Mar 13
Yes, there is, shavcat. Used plastic bottles and soda cans were being bought per kilo. That's why some poor people here in the Philippines will really scour the trash just to look for those hings and they earn money from it. Even used softdrinks straw can be made into lanterns and bags. So, if one is creative he can really earn money from trash.
@Shavkat (75232)
• Philippines
31 Mar 13
@SIMPLYD I am into you on this. I had seen so many best quality crafts here in the Philippines. They are really so creative and let it be in the mainstream of importing it too.
@jambi462 (4595)
• United States
31 Mar 13
I'm sure that there is plenty of money in trash especially when you think about all of the things that we throw away simply because they are out of date and they aren't the most stylish and new thing. Of course if we could recycle or upcycle these things we could easily turn them into valuable items again. We should at least salvage what is usable from the things that we are no longer going to use. There have been plenty of beautiful sculptures and even houses built from things like thrown-out tires and other garbage. It's a beautiful thing to be able to turn something from a landfill into something usable that isn't just trash laying around taking up space.
@Shavkat (75232)
• Philippines
31 Mar 13
I agree. We can make good masterpiece out of it.
@jricky1 (6804)
• China
31 Mar 13
To some point that you are right cuz sometimes things just get recycled and it helps the world to be clean and more useful things are created.So i'm with you at this point.But if it is real money and i don't suppose it is right.lol
@Shavkat (75232)
• Philippines
31 Mar 13
It can be my dear friend.
@WakeUpKitty (8699)
• Netherlands
31 Mar 13
Ofcourse there is. There are many artists as well who make art out of trash. This besides of the fact that a lot of trash is being used again to make something new out of it, so there is money in it.
@Shavkat (75232)
• Philippines
31 Mar 13
That's a great thing that you appreciated their art. In fact, I also do. Thanks
• United States
29 Apr 13
i can tell you for a fact there is.if you saw some of the things my neighbors throw out..some just need a minor fix,if that.between recycling/repurposing,i've made money. but one of my favorite things is salvaging clothes and children's toys for donation.some people are shamefully wasteful.
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
Hi Shavkat: Certainly yes! People don't know how valuable the articles that they don't need anymore could be. Recycling is not only eco friendly because we are using elements and things that other wise would be just trash but it also offers the possibility for some people to make a living or even have a business model. ALVARO
• Pamplona, Spain
11 Apr 13
Hello shavkat, Oh some have brilliant ideas, really clever ones others not so but then I am only one amongst millions who will not think the same. Here there is no money in trash unless you make something out of it and make it really famous otherwise you might as well put it all to recycle. You cannot make money in this country with normal trash. If you have copper and precious metals yes but other than that stuff like collecting bottles and getting money for it unheard of now even the cardboard boxes are going out of fashion too. Some collect plastic for charity but it has to be by the ton not just one or two plastic caps and away you go. xxx
@Pegasus72 (1900)
8 Apr 13
Yes depending on what it is. Many a artist has made tons of money on other peoples trash, and what may be garbage to someone might be new furniture for someone else.
@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
7 Apr 13
I go dumpster diving on a regular basis. You would be truly shocked at some of the things people throw away around my area. I have found several things that I have been able to use or to sell somehow.
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
7 Apr 13
There is no question that there is money in recycling! I try to recycle things such as Baby Wipe boxes which I use for things like cotton balls or q-tips. They come in quite handy, especially now that they make the boxes with such nice designs on them. I also recycle things for craft use such as toilet paper rolls which can be used in a number of different projects. I recycle paper towel rolls by rolling my yarn for a project around it...then I can use my standing paper towel dispenser for the yarn as I crochet whatever project im working on. I recycle tuna fish cans and make the most delightful candle holders for outdoors with them with some simple clothes pins lines around the edge of the can- they can also be used to grow herbs. I recycle some bottles myself (the ones I don't send to recycle) by re using pretty bottles as olive oil holders. I believe not only is there money to be saved by recycling- but we save our earth as well :)
• Philippines
2 Apr 13
Hi Shavkat! me again. Yes, i agree that there is money in thrash, i even tried hoarding empty cans and bottles as well as old newspapers but i only got a few cents from those. But at least i have been able to dispose those thrash. I also donate some of my old clothes to victims of floods and also old books to DSWD. This is one way of increasing space at home.
@dismalgrin (2607)
• United States
2 Apr 13
I think that if you can make money by recycling that it is good to do that. If you can save money by recycling that you should do that. But, if you can't do either it is still good to recycle, but I'd not beat myself up for not being able to take the extra trip to recycle things instead of throw them in the trash.
@savak03 (6676)
• United States
1 Apr 13
There is definitely money in trash. When I was a child I used to pick up soda bottles that others threw away. That was when you had to pay a bottle deposit as well as the cost of the soda. Then when I got older I found out that scrap metal like copper, brass, and aluminum paid well. From there I graduated to all kinds of scrap metal and cars. Now I will never throw away an aluminum can. There is definitely money in trash but there is a lot of work involved in it too.
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
1 Apr 13
One person's trash is another person's treasure. My father is a hoarder he won't throw anything away. I have moved 6 times in a short space of time so I know the importance of purging and giving away stuff that I don't need. I never sell stuff, I just donate it to charity.
@srisahara (4529)
• Indonesia
1 Apr 13
I never think that there is money in the trash, but when I look my trash I thankful to the people who take some junk that can be recycled to save our world. Imagine, if there is no person who take the junk, I think we will see waste everywhere and make our life discomfort.
@cttolledo (5050)
• Philippines
1 Apr 13
Yeah.. actually that's the most less expensive business, you didn't need capital on this only effort and willingness.. I've known a lot of people owns a junk shop, they buy trash ( the recyclable kind ) and sold it among factories who needs it..and they earned a lot.. they said that junk shop business is dirty but brought so much money...