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Recycling for Money
Recycling can be fun, but rewarding in the pocketbook. 

From the household recyclables: aluminum cans, plastic bottles to glass bottles, much more can be recycled for cash from Non-Ferrous Metals (non-magnetic), Ferrous Metal (contains iron), to electronics.

Non-Ferrous Metals
Include: Aluminum, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Tin, Titanium, Zinc and alloys such as Brass, to precious metals like Gold and Silver.

Ferrous Metals:
Include: Cast Iron, Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Mild Steel, Wrought Iron.

Call recycle centers for prices and what items they accept.  Also, if you have scrap waste that you would like to get rid of, but don't have a lot of it, most local hauling companies will pickup items from your house for free.
Bay Area Rescue Mission
200 Macdonald Avenue
(corner of 2nd Street & Macdonald Avenue)
Richmond, CA 94804
Tel: (510) 215-4887

GF Experience:
This is a great place to receive a tax write-off receipt for donated food, household items, dining and kitchenware to clothing that the  neighborhood will immediately benefit from.

Your donations will go directly into the community, where residences attend a gospel service in return they receive a free meal, can foods, clothing and other donated household items.

Gardenforms Highly Recommends this Charitable Organization for the needed and the giving.  
 
Sims Metal Management
600 S. 4th Street, Richmond, CA 94804
Hours: M-F 6am-3:30pm, Saturday 8-12pm
(View Website for Various Scale Hours)
Tel: (510) 412-5300

GF Experience (Ferrous Material):
If you don't have a lot of Ferrous Recyclable material (1000 lbs +) it could be a waste of your time.  I had brought in 700 pounds of iron ferrous material and got only $34 in cash (June 2017). 

Also, there are 2 lines for Ferrous Metals which the long line (30-60 minute wait) for cash, and another line (you can generally drive on through within minutes) if you are donating your material for free.

Also, expect to walk up and down (twice) to their 3rd floor entry to sign in/out (show your drivers license) and get your receipt.  Then you go to the cashier (in another building) for a voucher to then go to an ATM (next door).  It is just goofy, but then you get CASH.

  
GF Experience (Non-Ferrous Material):
For the Non-Ferrous Metals (Aluminum, Glass & Plastic Bottles, Copper, Batteries, Engines, Electronics, etc.), there is a line (best time to go is during the rain).  Unlike the Ferrous Material, this area is in another location (to the right) will not give out cash, but a check instead can be mailed to you, or you can pickup yourself in 3 days.

During my visit, I recycle (3) old truck batteries and a broken down engine.  The payout was: $0.28/lb on car batteries, and $0.14/lb on engines (Nov. 2017).

Also, in the past, I have gone to SIMS to recycle aluminum cans and plastic bottles, but the payout sucks compared to another place down the road that instead pays CASH.
Sanabria Recycling
Location: 4th Street
(by the corner of Macdonald Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804

GF Experience:
This is the best and worse recycling center in the Bay Area for aluminum cans, glass and plastic bottles. They will even take plastic bottles with the caps. 

It is the best recycler because the payout is the highest (they payout CASH immediately), the customer service is good (english/spanish speaking) and generally there is no line.  What makes it the worse, is not so much them, but the surrounding neighborhood; however if you have tolerance for a financial limited location, this could be your next recycling center.  

Gardenforms recommends this Recycler.