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What Your State Will Pay You to Recycle

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You may not get any money back, but at least recycling won’t cost you extra in Washington. Fees for the collection of recyclable materials are not subject to the state’s solid waste collection tax. The consumer tax, which is also called the refuse tax, is a tax on the fees for the collection, transfer, storage, or disposal of garbage.

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West Virginia

The Make It Shine program was established to promote education about recycling. The state’s Department of Environmental Protection sponsors the Environmental Teacher of the Year Award. Each winner gets a $500 personal award; another $1,000 is awarded to the teacher’s school to promote STEM programs.

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Wisconsin residents can get $35 for recycling old appliances, such as fridges and freezers. You can dispose of them for free — they will be picked up — and earn an award. Every year the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources gives out an award for outstanding recycling efforts and innovation to communities and organizations.

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Wyoming residents don’t get money back for recycling, and in some places they even have to pay for it. In the city of Gillette, for example, curbside recycling costs $6 a month.