If you’re at home and looking for a way to clean up clutter and add pocket money, think about potentially scrapping some of your household appliances for cash. There are many metallic parts in everyday items around the house. Think about it: there’s a chance for money in the old junk that you have stored in your garage or attic. Sort through all of your extra things and see if anything you find makes this list. If you know how to separate metals and part it out, that will help you in getting the biggest return on your investment
1. Laptops/Computer Towers
There is a lot of metal in the circuits of these laptops and computers. There are even small amounts of precious metals, like gold, so be sure to know what you’re looking for when you are bringing it to the scrap yard. Instead of letting it take up space in your home, why don’t you bring it in to be recycled? Some scrapyards require you to remove the battery before you bring in the computer, so be sure to ask beforehand. Your broken laptop or computer can be scrapped for cash. Cha-ching!
2. Aluminum Pots and Pans
Do you have a collection of old pots and pans that you rarely use? Many people accumulate kitchenware but only use their favorite pieces. You can bring aluminum pots and pans to be recycled which will help to de-clutter, and clear space in your kitchen for that fancy appliance that you have had your eye on and wanted since it went on sale! Whether they’re old and unusable or you simply have too many for your needs, you can bring them in and get money in exchange. When you are scrapping pots and pans, they will be classified as dirty aluminum.
3. Ceiling Fan Motors
Do you happen to have a broken ceiling fan that you do not know what to do with? Before you throw it away or burn it, you can take it apart and get cash for the metal parts in the motor. The scrappers will typically put it in the electric motor scrap pile. Open it up, and you will find metal parts and wires that are worth cash. There might even be a good amount of copper in there, which has a higher payout rate than some of the other types of metals. Ceiling fan motors can have a good weight and return when you scrap them.
4. Aluminum Chairs
Even patio chairs made out of an aluminum can be scrapped and returned for cash. You can take the broken chair that you don’t use to the scrap yard and get some cash in return for your time. Whether you got new chairs and don’t use those chairs anymore, those chairs are rusted, or you can’t remember when you got them, you can bring in your aluminum chairs to the scrapyard and get some cash.
Keep in mind the next time you’re ready to de-clutter your household: One person’s clutter is another person recyclable metals!