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#1
08-23-2003, 11:33 AM
 gypsymoth3 Guest Join Date: Mar 2003 Location: a crappy little SC town Posts: 549
Recycling Cans (in SC) for Money

i was thinking... if i drink a can of soda every day for this school year (180 days if i don't miss any) and keep the tabs to recycle, how much money can i get? i heard the tabs have just as much metal in them as the rest of the can; so i'm not going to even bother washiing the cans, saving them, and fighting the slugs off from them. (when my sister managaed to save about \$20 worth of cans, she made me help her wash them out after they'd been sitting in a garbage can outside for god-knows-how-long. i ended up getting a slug on my finger, freaking out, and somehow slamming my slime-covered thumb in the back door in my frenzy to wash it off.)
#2
08-23-2003, 11:38 AM
 Jinx Member Join Date: Dec 1999 Location: Lost In Space Posts: 7,777
Are you saying the pull tab has just as much aluminum as the whole can??? Now, think about that...does that even seem possible? How heavy and bulky would that pull tab be, if true...or how thin-walled would the can have be to make this true?

I think you shoud re-think your recycling strategy. In all honesty, I have recycled aluminum cans only claiming (at best) \$.33/lb.

- Jinx
#3
08-23-2003, 10:33 PM
 Earl Snake-Hips Tucker Charter Member Join Date: Jul 1999 Location: SEC Posts: 13,718
Ignoring the comment about the tab having more metal than the rest of the can, since that seems to not be likely, here's a rough number:

I say "Go for it!"

1180 * 2 0.6 / 316 * 4\$0.33

1Number of days @ one can per day
2 (Charitable) weight of one can in tenths of an ounce
3Number of ounces in a pound
4(Charitable) price per pound
#4
08-24-2003, 02:18 AM
 Nametag Charter Member Join Date: Apr 2002 Location: California Posts: 8,076
The tabs are essentially worthless. Due to the popularity and persistance of an old urban legend, some charities accept soda can tabs, but it takes many, many, many tabs to make up a significant dollar value.

Since S.C. has no bottle/can deposit law, your best bet is as Earl describes.
#5
11-02-2003, 05:06 PM
 LittleMrJ Guest Join Date: Oct 2003 Posts: 4
Just imagine how much the tab would weigh if you kept the damned can attached to it. Don't do things half-assed. Idiot.

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