My first paid recycling endeavor in the seventies, Computer punched cards recycling paid well, Approx. $200 per pickup load, It has always “paid” to recycle

Granny says: “Waste not want not.”

I was working in IT in the seventies and two things were revealed to me:

  1. Punched card recycling paid very well.
  2. The company I was working for gave me the cards for free.

I received on average approx. $200 per pickup truck load.

The card cases were heavy but I was young .

I didn’t think too much of it at the time (most didn’t), but I was also keeping waste products out of the landfill.

Recycling has alway “paid.” In payment, trade or savings but always in benefiting the environment.

I told my son many years ago about the vast amounts stuff we discard in this country and about the likewise vast monetary value. I was encouraging him to make money recycling repurposing.

He failed at that time to comprehend.

Most of us have an image of “Sanford and Son” and I still see those junk men scavenging.

I have always had respect for them and in fact I know someone, who on a slightly higher level, is making around $4k per month doing it.

So recycle for profit, savings or fun but always because it is the right thing to do.

R.E. Cycle

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