Every household and business has a certain amount of junk, trash, and items in storage that eventually wind up being thrown away or donated. Instead of losing money on all of this stuff, it can be recycled or sold to interested parties. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure in some way. It never hurts to try and turn a profit on items that will be gotten rid of anyways.
Newspaper and Paper Waste
Newspapers are commonly subscribed to, meaning they appear once every day. After a few months the newspapers really begin to build up. Eventually, they can and will take over storage space. Throwing them away is incredibly wasteful, as they have several different uses in a second life. They can be used for wrapping breakables, lining animal cages, composting, kid’s crafts, and so much more. Large commercial trash bags are best for holding them until they are sold to an individual or business that needs them.
Aluminum Cans and Other Metals
Aluminum cans are another big waste product that is produced in work and home environments. While homes may supply the largest concentration of beverage and food cans, they make their way into the business via lunches and soda machines. A special trashcan lined with a heavy duty trash bag can be specially designated for aluminum cans, foil, and other aluminum products. Since aluminum is light, it is a great idea to crush the items before placing them into the trash bag; this way, they take up less space. Scrap metal yards are the most common buyers of aluminum cans, and there is one located in nearly every town or city.
Old Office Supplies, Storage Items, and Household Items
Old office supplies usually go into storage once they are replaced, and are rarely resurrected from the dead. Allowing them to continue to depreciate and deteriorate only takes a toll on the value of the items. Instead of keeping all supplies, sell the old ones when they are replaced. The same goes for aged storage units such as shelving or totes, as well as decorative wall items and household supplies. The money made off of this stuff can be reinvested into other important projects or supplies.
Throwing things away or allowing them to collect dust does absolutely nothing for the profits of a business or a homeowner’s savings account. If items are stored for more than a year, it is unlikely that they will be used in the future. Exceptions include tools, generators, and holiday items; otherwise, they should be sold while the market is in good standing.