I've been out of work a long time and ANY extra cash is welcome. I never have much of a problem with money, but just working off of Craig's List is a drag with the all competition in this town.
Living here in The Valley of The Sun (Phoenix, Az) recycling is not a popular venture unless you are AWAKE at 2-4 in the morning. My garbage company does not even offer a recycle bin for pick-up. I guess this should come as no surprise living in The Valley of: fast food, SUV s, pawn shops, and foreclosure.
I do EVERYTHING on a bicycle and trailer. There is a lot of planing that goes into my travel. I also keep track of stuff I see and go back to get things, or I will be late everyplace I go.
What I recycle is not always easy. Its the low end stuff, and it takes a few days of collection to take in a $20-$30 load.
The best part is, I always have quick cash in the back yard, excluding Sundays. Generally I recycle similar items at the same time and I don't kill myself leaving the house.......I save that for getting there!
The only thing I don't recycle is iron. I have a friend that I tell places I see iron at. He then goes and gets it with a truck. In turn, he gives me all the bikes he gets.
Step 1: CANS
The "bread and butter" of any honest recycling effort. As far as aluminum goes it is worth the most and is generally plentiful. I keep track of "tramp camps", teenage drinking spots, and most of all, I check the washes after a rain (sad but true). I also have my "regulars" who are kind enough to collect a bit and call me.