Old brickwork can be salvaged and sold to some construction companies and private parties. Brick is a renewable resource since it retains its strength and longevity. Bricks are excellent insulators, and when laid correctly, will last for years if not generations. Stylized brickwork that comes in different shapes, sizes and colors are particularly attractive to homeowners and businesses that wish to renovate or add some exotic touches to their foundations or building structures. All you need to do is place adds on the most popular Internet sales sites.
Recycling old analog electrical components and devices has become quite popular since the transition of digital technology. There are many outlets that buy old rechargeable batteries, old televisions, cellphones and ink cartridges. These devices have re-buildable parts or systems that can be re-serviced.
Old VHS tapes, no longer popular today, still have some merit in the crafts industry. They can be fashioned into decorative pieces or donated to charities, local shelters and thrift stores. They can be turned into insulation, yarn and crafty serving dishes. Several online websites purchase or take old VHS tapes in small or bulk quantities, while some vendors are interested in recycling the plastic cases.
Hardly anyone thinks of reclaiming their old tires for the purpose of recycling. Yet they have value as the rubber can be modified and used for rubber lumber, roof pads, sports mats, fuel, civil engineering projects and asphalt. Many states now have laws that permit collection fees to be paid for old tires so the can be used for scrap tire management programs. Passenger car tires can fetch fifty cents to two dollars apiece, while truck tires will reap more.
Old aluminum house siding material has great value when recycled. The non-insulated variety, common in the 1960s and early 1970s, and the insulated type made today, both have value as scrap metal even if they have been treated or painted. Recycling centers prize aluminum and will typically pay in the neighborhood of 40 to 60 cents a pound, depending upon your state, county or city location. A small all-aluminum structure or bungalow can net hundreds of dollars and need only be dismantled and transported by truck to a facility.
Used books need not be thrown out. Trade size, mass market paperback and hardback books can be sold to used book stores for nice profits. The newer, popular hardbacks can fetch as much as two dollars and more apiece, while the paper cover books can routinely command 50 cents to a dollar or more each. Recent best sellers are a sure sale. Used books can also be donated to schools, thrift stores and hospitals. Some large online merchandise vendors sell collectible, rare or old books.