careertrend article image
Paper recycling image by Tomislav from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

How to Recycle Paper for Cash

Growth Trends for Related Jobs

The majority of landfill waste comes from paper products. Due to the abundant supply of used paper, it is easy to understand why it makes an excellent recycling material. Although you can't make money from recycling just your individual household paper waste, you can recycle large quantities of paper for cash. If you organize your efforts and collect enough paper, you can bring it to a local recycling center and receive a cash compensation.

careertrend article image
recycle image by Georgios Kollidas from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Find a local recycling center that pays for paper. If you can not find one, check on Earth 911, a recycling center search engine. Determine the rates for different types of paper, and direct your efforts toward collecting that particular type to maximize your earnings.

careertrend article image
stack of magazines image by Yekaterina Choupova from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Call local businesses to see if you can set up a weekly collection date to pick up their paper refuse.

careertrend article image
Waste paper image by Victor M. from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Collect paper from your neighbors. Send out fliers asking your neighbors to drop off their used paper at a centrally located bin or allow you to pick it up instead of recycling it themselves. This is a particularly good option for localities that do not have city recycling services available.

careertrend article image
the cardboard goffered image by Alexander Ivanov from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Check with local retail store managers, especially at grocery stores, to see if you can collect their discarded cardboard boxes on a regular basis.

careertrend article image
pile de photo 2 image by thierry planche from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Sort the collected paper by type and store it in an empty garage or large basement space.

careertrend article image
blank white delivery cargo truck 2 image by alma_sacra from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Deliver your paper to the recycling center whenever you have a full load and collect your cash payment.

Tip

Borrow a truck if you do not have one to reduce fuel costs and increase load capabilities.

Schools, churches and other nonprofits can join the Paper Retriever Recycling Program to earn money for their organizations. Through the program, organizations can collect paper waste in Paper Retriever recycling bins and trade it in for cash.