Places to Get Paid for Bringing Paper for Recycling

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If you have a lot of paper at your place of business, you may be looking for the best way to dispose of it. Paper should never be thrown away unless it is moldy or has come into contact with toxic materials. In most instances, you can recycle paper products when you dispose of them. Depending on the type and quantity of paper you have to recycle, you may even be able to earn money for recycling it.

Get Cash for Recycling Paper

There are ways to earn money by helping the environment and cleaning out your office, house or apartment. To begin, locate a recycling center near you. Many of these facilities pay for glass or aluminum you bring in. Some, though they are fewer in number, also pay for paper.

Call your local recycling center and ask whether it pays for recycled paper. If it doesn't, ask the center to point you to a facility that does. If that doesn't yield results, keep calling recycling centers in your area, increasing the distance away from your business until you are no longer comfortable traveling that far.

You can use the power of the internet to make this task simpler. Google "recycling centers for paper near me" or "recycle paper for money near me" to find a quick list of facilities that will take your used paper products. Note that some recycling centers charge you to drop off recycling, so be sure to ask before taking your items.

How Much Can You Earn?

The average rate for paper recycling is between $50 and $75 per ton. A ton of paper is a lot, but you might be surprised at how much unnecessary paperwork, direct mail, packing material, and other paper products you have at your place of business. The ubiquitous copy paper found in most offices weighs about 5 pounds per ream (depending on its thickness), so these numbers add up.

Recycling newspapers for money has the potential to earn even more. Anyone who has ever subscribed to a newspaper can relate to the feeling of drowning in piles of newsprint and being unable to keep up with recycling each daily installment.

Don't limit yourself to paper that you have in your own office. Other local businesses, schools, or libraries also use a tremendous amount of paper and likely already recycle it. They might be willing to let you dispose of it for them. If so, arrange a pickup and add their paper to your pile for your next trip to the recycling center.

Environmental Impact of Recycling Paper

According to the EPA, nearly one-quarter of all waste comes from paper products. That’s a staggering statistic, considering that paper is almost always fully recyclable. Estimates are that more than 67 million tons of paper that could be recycled instead go straight to a landfill each year.

Security Concerns With Recycling Paper

Whether you are recycling your own office paper or items donated to you by local schools and businesses, be sure there is not any financial or personal information that should be kept secret in your recycling pile. If you are dealing with your own paper, check it thoroughly before adding it to your recycling collection. Anything with bank account numbers, full names or street addresses, financial status, or Social Security numbers should be shredded and thrown away rather than recycled.


About the Author

Danielle Smyth is a writer and content marketer from upstate New York. She has been writing on business-related topics for nearly 10 years. She owns her own content marketing agency, Wordsmyth Creative Content Marketing ( and she works with a number of small businesses to develop B2B content for their websites, social media accounts, and marketing materials. In addition to this content, she has written business-related articles for sites like Sweet Frivolity, Alliance Worldwide Investigative Group, Bloom Co and Spent.

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