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What Your State Will Pay You to Recycle

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Hawaii will pay a 5 cents refund for any beer, malt, mixed spirit or wine containers, as well as those for non-alcoholic drinks, except dairy. The containers can’t be bigger than 68 ounces, and must be made of aluminum, bi-metal, plastic, or glass.

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Recycling in Idaho is an optional service that local governments or private companies provide at their discretion. The state has no waste diversion programs. Different counties have created their own programs to promote recycling. Teton County, for example, offers a corrugated cardboard pick-up service for businesses and homeowner associations, which reduces the amount of waste that goes into garbage dumpsters, resulting in fewer garbage pick-ups.

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Illinois has two major recycling programs: I-Cycle and E-Cycle. The goal of the former is to find and sell all recyclable material from state agencies and to encourage the manufacturing of products from recovered materials; the latter aims to properly recycle electronic equipment, such as computers, monitors, wires, printers, phones, etc.

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Indiana won’t pay you for every bottle you recycle, but you can still get money through the state’s Recycling Market Development Program. People working on projects with a focus on reuse, reduction, and methods to increase recyclable material collection can get grants of between $10,000 and $500,000.

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The Hawkeye State will pay 5 cents for containers of beer, wine coolers, wine, liquor, carbonated soft drinks, and mineral water. It will take any sealed bottle, can, jar, or carton composed of glass, metal or plastic.