Friday, January 16, 2009
...I Will CRUSH You...
Now you won't get rich doing this but me and my wife usually take whatever we make and buy something for the house or our preps. I currently have 100 pounds in my garage (which is 3 large contractor bags - crushed and full) waiting to be sold - about $30 worth BUT I usually wait until I can fill the back of my pickup before going (usually twice a year for about 100-150 bucks.) If aluminum ever goes up again it becomes much more profitable.
I recently purchased the Easy Pull Can Crusher which I installed in my garage. I have to say it has made the job of crushing the cans considerably easier on my feet :)
It mounts to the wall with two screws (studs) and I placed a bucket underneath it to catch the can as they fall out after being crushed. The device is made of very heavy plastic and uses the leverage generated from the long handle to make quick work of aluminum cans. I HIGHLY recommend this bad boy as most of the can crushers I have seen are complete garbage.
There are a few things to keep in mind when recycling cans: I would highly suggest that you rinse the can out with water and let it completely dry before you crush it. A recycler who feels there may be a lot of liquid weight in the cans may reduce the payment you get. Another things to keep in mind is that most states that have the deposit return require the can NOT be crushed so make sure you check with the state you live in before you crush any cans.
I always crush mine because the recycler prefers it and I can store the cans more easily. Uncrushed cans take up a hell of a lot of room!!!
Lets face it you will never get rich doing this but I have always found it an enjoyable hobby that costs me nothing more than my time and the gas to drive 3 miles. Take the proceeds and put them in an emergency fund or use them to supplement your preps. Whatever you do have some fun, make it a game and a challenge!
...that is all.
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