Special Report

What Your State Will Pay You to Recycle

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The Land Division has primary jurisdiction over processing solid and hazardous waste in the state. The Alabama Environmental Council, a statewide, non-profit organization, helps locals with harder-to-recycle items, such as aluminum, appliances, batteries, glass, electronics, and engines, for a small fee to cover the cost of transportation.

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Alaska has at least 12 recycling programs around the state with a dozen recycling partners. Some include places where you can recycle computers, phones, batteries and bulbs, while others provide trailers to meet any hauling and collection needs. Local governments do not promote one over the other. Prices, operating hours, and acceptable items may vary and can change.

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The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is working with counties and cities, environmental groups, and private and non-profit companies to expand the scope of recycling across the state. There are at least 48 recycling programs listed on the ADEQ website.

The city of Tempe, for example, has started a SMART program — Save Money and Recycle Tempe. Some call it the “pay-as-you-throw” program. You can save money by recycling more — the bigger the recycling container, the smaller the monthly fee.

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Arkansas residents are eligible for a 30% state income tax credit for buying equipment that is used only for collecting, separating, processing, modifying, converting, or treating solid waste. Taxpayers also get the same credit for manufacturing products made of 50% recovered material, if at least 10% of that is post-consumer waste. The cost of installation is also tax deductible.

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California is one of just 11 states with container deposit laws, which allow residents to redeem bottles for money. Californians get a 5¢ refund for containers under 24 oz. or under and 10¢ for any above or equal to 24oz. The statute covers containers for beer, malt, wine and distilled spirit coolers, as well as all non-alcoholic beverages, except milk and juices over 16 oz. The containers have to be made of aluminum, glass, plastic, or bi-metal. Refillables are exempt.