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June 20, 2012 06:37 AM

Making Cash From Cans

Many communities hope recycling has become a way of life.  But some may need a little incentive. One KELOLAND business is doing just that by paying you to recycle.

Why not make a little extra cash while helping the environment?

"You drive on in and we help you unload your car and we will run them through a magnetic separator.  We weigh them out, you drive on ahead, we pay you on out and down the road you go in about two or three minutes," R&T Unit Can Co. President Ron Nedved said.

And with prices for aluminum on a steady rise over the past few years, more people are bagging their cans.

"For many years it was 15 to 20 cents cheaper than it is now. But I think why they do that is to get more people to recycle and it's good for the environment," customer Jim Knopf said.

That's enough to make a line at R&T Unit Can Company.

"Now it's summer time so people are out getting more active and everything else so they're drinking a little more beer and pop or whatever and refreshments so people are a little more conscious about the environment.  So they are recycling a little bit more," Nedved said.

For Knopf, whether you sell your cans for extra cash or put them in your recycle bin, he believes you should put them where they can be used again.

"Recycle them and bring them where they can be useful and reuse them again," Knopf said.

As for what's bringing in more customers, Nedved has his theory.

"The economy is making people a little tighter so instead of throwing them in the garbage and letting the garbage hauler have it or whatever they are bringing it on in to people like us and businesses like us," Nedved said.

The cost of aluminum is constantly changing which makes for a lot of uncertainty when you're selling. Nedved says he is sure whatever the cost is, it's worth taking the time to recycle.

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