Can You Make Decent Money Collecting Soda Cans?

Profile picture of the author feedtherightwolf by
I am just looking to supplement my income. I have a wedding to pay for in less than a year, and am trying to save/ear as much as I can.

My work has a lot of buildings, and there is a lot of recycling containers all over the place. I was thinking may be I could make a few extra bucks by collecting used cans and recycling them?

I am not sure if I am being too cheap, or if I am being entrepreneurial. I was wondering if anybody had similar experience. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author troybh
    Spent a bunch of time and totally loaded up my pickup truck with cans. Got about $7 for it and probably wasted more gas than the $7.
  • Profile picture of the author Shane N
    That right there is the REAL bum marketing!

    It could work, but it depends how many cans you have access to.

    You might be able to make much more money doing something else with
    your time, as that may be quite time consuming...

    MATHEMATICS:


    At $0.05 cents per can, you would need 20,000 cans for every $1,000 you want to make.
    If you got $0.10 cents/can -- You'd need 10,000 cans per $1,000 and so on... Seems tough, especially considering a wedding costs at least $5,000 - $10,000+ (More like $20k).
  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Originally Posted by troybh View Post

    Spent a bunch of time and totally loaded up my pickup truck with cans. Got about $7 for it and probably wasted more gas than the $7.
    Yep, that one is going to depend on the gas.

    Now, what might be an interesting study to do is this:

    Start up a Facebook fan page - or even a blogger blog

    Get all your friends and family involved who will be going to the wedding event

    Set it up so that they save all their recycles for you, and drop them off to your house.

    Put up a regular tab that shows how much has been collected for the wedding.

    Use that as just one source, and work on some additional things.

    If you are in the US, a lot of people like to do the freecycle thing. They go on Craigs list, get something that is free, and then go post it on ebay to sell.

    Brainstorm and come up with a list of things to try.
  • Profile picture of the author jerytohn
    I'd suggest spending your time doing niche sites and selling them off when they are profitable ...
  • Profile picture of the author Ken Durham
    have a backyard wedding...
  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    if the cans are in a recycling bin they may be the property of that city, so be careful on that one.
    When I was a little kid I used to collect bottles for just 2 cents and cans did not count back then.
  • Profile picture of the author candoit2
    You buy them from business owners who have lots. Go get them daily or weekly depending on the volume.

    Pay 50% of the value and pocket the rest.

    Many business owners find pop cans and bottles a hassle to deal with, and if someone comes in and clears them out of there with cash in hand it is cheaper to accept the cash than send an employee or use their own time to take them in.

    Aaron
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    hmmm... ya that is a waste of time. Just go to the court house
  • Profile picture of the author Mac the Knife
    THIS works...I know, I have done it for an organization.

    1. Develop a route for picking up garbage
    2. Speak to some local businesses in and around those routes and ask if they will sponsor your activities
    3. Get business to furnish some simple signs AND a shirt with their info (Honk if you love Clean Streets)
    4. issue a simple press release to local paper about the efforts
    5. Hit the streets, cleaning them up, giving promo and press to your sponsor, collect the money. You can easily lock in $250+ for a business that wants a FEEL GOOD boost plus some direct advertising

    The cans? A means to an end...the MARKETING is what pays the bills...

    Mac the Knife (now, most will NEVER do this...that is why so much OPPORTUNITY exists in the world...most never take advantage of it...)
  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
    Originally Posted by Ken Durham View Post

    have a backyard wedding...
    Except his wife to be would have an uproar
  • Profile picture of the author payment proof
    Does your state have a deposit you put on soda cans? Or would you be selling them for scrap?

    If you get 5 cents per can you collect, you could make a few bucks. But you'd probably be able to make more online.
  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    sounds you got sometime to waste. Cans wouldn't make you any money they paying per pound. I would say working online click ads may pay you better
  • Profile picture of the author RevSEO
    Honestly there are much better means to making money, even via offline.

    You aren't gonna get rich collecting cans, that's for sure.

    Spend the time that you would collecting cans providing a service online, there's gotta be something that you can market on Fiverr which will make you more money than collecting cans.

    Take the time that you saved that you would've spent collecting cans and put it into learning something of value online or creating a valuable asset that you can flip. You won't learn much collecting cans, but you can learn anything you want on the internet.
  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    I collect cans that are tossed where I go rock hunting. When I lived in Idaho cans were only 15 cents per pound. Over the summer I collected them from sites I was at and saved them to see what I could get. I got 30 bucks. Mind you I never went looking for them, just picked up what was laying in my path. Would have collected the plastic too if there had been a price on it, although sometimes I did pick up other trash just for GPs to clean a nice site up if I had a place to take the trash and bags to collect it.

    In New York I collected cans around a 4 mile or so block I walked Munchie around. There was a 5 cent deposit on them. Plastic and glass ones, too. I got a tank of gas out of it. Gas was cheaper, though, then. I can't remember the price but it was a little over 2 bucks a gallon.

    I just moved to NV and will probably pick them up at rock hunting sites here, too. To me its just right to clean them up if you walk by them - and if it can make you a few bucks to do that, you earned it for caring about pollution and people turning the whole earth into their trashcan. You won't support yourself doing that so it may not be worth doing for real cash, but everyone should just do it anyhow. Even if the cans and bottles just go in a trashcan when they get to one.
  • Profile picture of the author brentb
    Short answer: No

    Long answer: Hell No! Doing almost anything else that makes money would be more productive.
  • Profile picture of the author chrisen
    I used to save all of mine and an old roommates cans instead of throwing them in the trash. We would just put them in separate bags and store them in the garage. We saved them for about a year before turning them in. We had about 30 large trash bags full of cans. Made about $15.00 if I remember right:rolleyes:. I think they based the payout on weight instead of a certain amount per can.
  • Profile picture of the author DJL
    The cans are worth more if they're full of soda pop.
  • Profile picture of the author Marvin Johnston
    Depending on the season and location, there are a lot of people heading towards the beach/parks. Not sure how to set it up, but on the lines of #8 just set yourself in that type of area and pay kids the 50% of the deposit.

    Except for still having to take the cans to recycling, this becomes professional bum marketing in that others come to you . Cheaper on gas too.

    Marvin
  • Profile picture of the author kellyburdes
    Originally Posted by brentb View Post

    Short answer: No

    Long answer: Hell No! Doing almost anything else that makes money would be more productive.



    I went to the University of Nebraska for college. Every other saturday in the fall is huge, hundred thousand people are tail gating. Several times I went down to the stadium and picked up cans as the game was going on. The most I ever made was $414. The worst I ever did was $140.

    A lot of my friends made fun of me, and I certainly hope I never have to do something like that again, but I was also broke and had gotten my girlfriend pregnant when I was in 11th grade and so was trying to pay my way through college and take care of a family.

    Today marked the end of my fiscal year for 2011 and I crossed the $1million sales mark in my business for the first time. Next year my daughter will be going off to college and not have to worry about money and all of the things I had on my plate, but the point is you do what you gotta do when you gotta do it.

    I have a lot more respect for someone who comes up with a practical solution and does it as opposed to someone who just wastes time on bull**** and dreams, that's for sure.
  • Profile picture of the author CyberSorcerer
    Interesting topic and plenty of people saying HELL NO. Collecting cans isn't going to make you any money.

    Well whether it paid for gas, or not, the guy above still made $7. I have students that have mentioned to me, and there's been plenty of post on WF, about them doing IM for 6 months now and haven't made ANYTHING!!!

    Lets see, $7 from one trip of cans or 6 months with absolutely NOTHING?

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