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Have your beloved GHDs died a slow death? Well don’t throw those bad boys into the rubbish bin – you can get paid to “recycle” them and earn some cash towards a new pair: websites such as GHD Spares, for instance, specialises in spares and repairs, and will pay as much as £20 for a broken set.
All you do is then package up your straighteners with the forms found online. Most websites recommend sending them by a recorded delivery service and the good news is that there is no need to send the box/manuals, which should save on postage costs.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU GET PAID TO RECYCLE?
Getting paid to recycle may seem too good to be true, but it’s not just hair straighteners can earn you a pretty penny – here are some items that you can cash in on simply by clearing out your cupboards.
Recycle any Apple device online and at any Apple Store and for qualifying devices, you’ll receive a gift card. The retailer will either refurbish the device for resale or recycle its materials responsibly to be reused.
Not all Macs qualify though – only models from 2007 onwards are eligible.
To use the Reuse and Recycle program you will need to add your Mac’s serial number which you can find in the Apple Menu > About This Mac – and enter the information on the website. Apple will send you a prepaid postage label.
However, it is crucial to do your maths in advance though as Apple certainly doesn’t necessarily pay the highest rates – you might be able to find a better deal by selling on eBay.
If you are a fan of MAC makeup, save your empty packaging as you could use them to get your hands on a freebie.
All you have to do is take back six empty, full-sized MAC products that are made of plastic or glass into a MAC counter or store and you will receive a free lipstick (excludes Viva Glam Lipstick and Limited Edition Lipstick) of your choice as a thank you.
Did you know that there are around 114,000 garments discarded in the UK every hour? If you have piles of unworn clothing clogging up your wardrobe, take them down to any Marks & Spencer and earn 50 Sparks loyalty points through the retailer’s “Shwopping” scheme, where all donations go to Oxfam. Or take your items to an Oxfam store to get a £5 voucher off a £35 spend on clothing and home products. The only catch is that your donation contains at least one item of M&S labelled clothing.
While those with computers can even recycle empty ink cartridges. If you are a Tesco Clubcard member, you can earn up to 125 Green Clubcard points per cartridge at Tesco. Alternatively, you can donate up to £1.25 to Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation or share 50% of your points to charity and the rest credited to your account.
Note that you can only recycle up to 100 inkjet cartridges per calendar year, per household.
While sites such as TheRecyclingFactory.com will pay up to £3, depending on the type of cartridge. What’s more, it won’t cost you a penny as the company provides a freepost service for smaller quantities and a free courier collection service for larger amounts.
If you would rather sell your items online, check out my post about selling your empties on eBay – everything from perfume bottles and candle jars to advent calendars and luxury shoe boxes. You could be sitting on a gold mine!