How to Make a Profit Beating Boredom

Old Electronics recycling

With current times asking us to stay home, there is no doubt boredom has begun to strike. After trying to entertain ourselves indoors for what feels like months on end, it can be almost impossible to keep finding ways to beat boredom. Before you start binge watching another show to cure a case of “I’m bored blues”, there is a profitable way to keep yourself busy instead! 

How to Turn Trash into Cold Hard Cash

As the old saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. In this case, we’re not talking about literal trash but all the junk you have laying around. For anyone unfamiliar with what their local scrap metal yard has to offer, you may be surprised to find out what you can get paid money for recycling. In other words, get ready to beat boredom by purging clutter around your house for profit! 

Get Paid to Recycle Old Electronics 

In most cases, there are sure to be some old or broken electronics gathering dust around your house. The next time you feel bored, start the hunt by going through your closets, junk drawers, attic and basement in search of no longer used electronics that can be recycled for profit, such as: 

  • Televisions 
  • Printers and scanners
  • VCRs and DVD players
  • Cameras 
  • Calculators 
  • Keyboards and computer mice 
  • Phones and cell phones
  • Video game systems
  • Speakers and amplifiers 
  • Modems, computer circuit boards and adapters 
  • Clock radios
  • Answering machines, and more! 

Chances are someone can now rest assured that saving those old printers and DVD players paid off after all. Boredom won’t stand a chance against the nostalgia from sorting through all your old electronics that are about to become your next pay day. 

Recycle Scrap Metal for Money 

Finding scrap metal to turn into money doesn’t mean taking apart your car for parts to sell. Chances are there is valuable metal junk right under your nose, waiting for you to be bored enough to find it. Before starting your search around home to add to your ‘recycle for profit pile’, you’ll want to know the difference between ferrous and non-ferrous scrap metal.   

Any scrap metal that contains iron is ferrous. To tell if something metal is ferrous do a magnet test. If a magnet sticks to a metal item that means, it’s ferrous. Beat boredom by checking places like your garage for scrap ferrous metal, such as: 

  • Appliances and white goods 
  • Baled tin
  • Cast iron 
  • File cabinets 
  • Microwaves
  • Chips and turnings  
  • Structural steel 

There’s no need to let old kitchen appliances take up storage space if scrap metal pickup will pay to clear it away. For other metal items, if a magnet doesn’t stick it’s likely non-ferrous. The more profitable of the two types, non-ferrous metal items that can be recycled for profit will be: 

  • Aluminum 
  • Brass
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Tungsten, and
  • Zinc 

Say so long to being bored by searching the house for old non-ferrous scrap metal like aluminum pots or copper pipes to recycle for a pretty penny!