Recycling often requires a little extra legwork. But that doesn’t mean you should hoard old things just because it’s a hassle to dispose of them. What you need is some incentive — preferably a monetary motivation.
Each of the following companies offers a recycling program that turns your donations into store credit, a coupon or — best of all — cold, hard cash. Whether you have empty ink cartridges or bags full of clothes, you can get rewarded for recycling.
1. Advance Auto Parts
Even if you didn’t buy your car battery from Advance Auto Parts, the retailer will take it off your hands. Drop off your unwanted car or truck battery at a participating Advance Auto Parts location, and you will receive a $10 gift card, which is good in stores and online.
2. By Rosie Jane
For every three full-size empty bottles you mail back to By Rosie Jane, the fragrance company will send you a free mini rollerball fragrance in the scent of your choice.
If you’ve already filled a bag with clothes to donate, drop them off at your nearest H&M store. H&M stores around the globe participate in the retailer’s textile recycling program, which became available globally back in 2013.
According to H&M’s website, stores will accept clothing of any brand and in any condition in exchange for a free “thank-you” coupon to use on your next purchase.
Members of the My Kiehl’s Rewards loyalty program who bring empty bottles from the skin care brand to a Kiehl’s store will receive 10 points per bottle. Once you have accumulated 100 points, you can redeem them for a free $10 voucher.
Madewell has a recycling program in partnership with Blue Jeans Go Green, a program that recycles jeans into housing insulation. Bring in any brand of denim, and receive $20 off full-priced Madewell branded jeans, which is redeemable in stores and online.
6. Office Depot
Don’t throw out those ink cartridges! Take your empty ink and toner cartridges to the nearest Office Depot, and they’ll give you $2 back in rewards per cartridge.
The Office Depot Recycling Program does come with a couple of caveats, though. You have to make a $10 qualifying purchase during that same month to receive the rewards. Also, the retailer does not accept damaged cartridges, and you can only drop off 10 cartridges per month.
Members of Staples Rewards, which is Staples’ loyalty program, get $2 back in Staples Rewards for each eligible ink and toner cartridge they recycle in stores or online, provided they have spent at least $50 on ink or toner at Staples over the previous 180 days.
Base members of the loyalty program can recycle up to 10 cartridges per month, and Premier and Elite members can recycle up to 20 per month.
8. The North Face
The North Face Renewed take-back program helps ensure clothes don’t end up in landfills. Through the program, members of The North Face’s loyalty program, XPLR Pass, get a $10 credit when they drop off used The North Face clothes or footwear at a retail or outlet store. The credit is good in stores and online.