Special Report

What Your State Will Pay You to Recycle

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New Mexico

Recycling programs in New Mexico vary from community to community. In some places you have to call 311 for large item pickup for appliances like refrigerators, and in others small electronics can be placed in curbside bins (which is unusual). Some places have adapted single-stream recycling, while others will only accept glass containers at drop-off locations.

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New York

The Empire State pays 5¢ per container. Beverages covered under the statute include beer, malt, wine, carbonated soft drinks, soda water, and water that does not contain sugar. The containers have to be a sealed bottle, can, or jar, less than one gallon, and composed of glass, metal, aluminum, steel or plastic.

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North Carolina

Grants supporting recycling initiatives and programs are available for local governments and businesses. The money is meant to fund sustainable investments in equipment and buildings to help divert more material from disposal to economic use. In 2016, the state awarded more than $2.1 million in grants, generating approximately 66 jobs.

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North Dakota

The North Dakota Solid Waste and Recycling Association has an awards program that recognizes companies, people and organizations for their efforts in promoting and practicing recycling. The Association also offer a scholarship to people who want to further their education in recycling and waste management.

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Ohio awards grants every year to communities, governments or businesses who work to implement various recycling programs including scrap tire recycling projects. Locals are encouraged to buy recycled-content products.