People Turn To Recycling For Extra Money

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

One economist said the economy is gasping for air, but has yet to collapse.

While the debate continues about if we're in a recession many are already struggling and trying to find new ways to make a few extra bucks.

People WYMT’s Peter O’Connor spoke with say they're having a hard time paying bills and putting food on the table and some say they're recycling for the extra money which also helps the environment.

Steel thrown on a big pile… those are just two of the many sounds new recyclers are hearing.

Dixie Recycling Manager Mark Applegate says more and more people are recycling in a time when the economy is slow.

“In this day in time with gas prices being so high, four dollars a gallon for gas and groceries being at an all time high milk eggs meat...you got to do what you got to do to survive,” Mark Applegate said.

Applegate says on average he gets 70 to a hundred customers a day and some days even more.

Mark says people are bringing in household items like old Christmas tree stands and toasters to recycle for extra cash.

One of those customers is a future grandmother and mother of five.

Missy Standafer says recycling helps her and the environment.

“It helps a lot of families that are low-income. They are not doing that to support their children but they are also doing to clean the environment,” Standafer said.

With the extra money from recycling, Standafer says she plans to do more on the weekends.

“If it was not for this stuff we wouldn't be able to do stuff on the weekend,” Standafer said.

“You know if you set back the money you make each week, just by hauling your old junk in, then by the time fourth of July comes you got enough money to take a family get away for the weekend,” Applegate said.

Mark Applegate says he hopes to take in old cars soon for anyone looking to make an extra buck.

Applegate also says it is common for each customer to walk away from the recycling center with more than one hundred dollars in their pocket.


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  • by red neck from hell Location: kentucky on Oct 30, 2008 at 06:03 AM
    most ppl in kentucky work for wat they get and some ppl have to get extra money like the woman with 5 kids....this gave her extra money to buy extra things.....if it was food or gas or something else......this is something great to do if you wanna clean up the comminity around you or if you just wanted to do it for the money and time.....
  • by iva Location: combs on Oct 30, 2008 at 05:45 AM
    sometimes i know what this mother is going through and it has made me think of doing this sometimes....because i could really use the cash....
  • by Joe Location: Independence on Jun 5, 2008 at 05:34 PM
    Recycling is a great program and it can put some extra bucks in your pocket. However companies need to put more of an emphasis on recycling. At one time most beverages were in glass bottles and those bottles were worth about a nickel or.10cents each. It is a fact that people tend to recycle when there is a benefit to them. That benefit is financial. It does not take much. A hundred dollars or so everytime they take recycled goods in. As for those stealing that is more a result of stupidity and high prices than anything else. In fact people have stolen from strip jobs and coal mines for years. It's nothing new to steal copper or anything else. In fact some one many years ago died doing the same thing, stealing copper straight from the power lines. You just here about it more in these hard times. A thief is a thief. A thief is a criminal in hard times and good times. So don't blame it on recyling. Good Day!
  • by Anonymous Location: Pike on Jun 5, 2008 at 03:25 PM
    I agree this is good but around my area I have notice alot of people stealing car's and ect. to get money out of them. Thing that isn't theirs they take they then sale to the recycling places. I know if my car was to break down I will stay with it cause if not the car or things on it womnt be their when you get back!!!
  • by anonymous Location: Pikeville on Jun 5, 2008 at 06:08 AM
    I've saw several people in the creeks and over hills pulling out old junk cars, refrigerators, and scrap. I like the idea of things getting cleaned up around here. There are still a few houses left that look like junk yards. Maybe somebody will clean those up too.
  • by Bill on Jun 5, 2008 at 04:47 AM
    Yea thats why they steel the phones lines in our communitys.Some even die trying to cut live electic lines.You can't leave anything laying about, it will be gone in the morning.
  • by BLACKSHEEP Location: EVERYWHERE on Jun 5, 2008 at 04:40 AM
    MORE THAN HALF OF THE PEOPLE RECYCLING ARE PROBLLY STEALING THE THINGS THEY ARE RECYCLING. HERE IN KY AND WV YOU HERE PEOPLE STEALING PHONE LINES (FOR THE COPPER), A.C. UNITS (FOR THE ALUMINUM),CATALYTIC CONVERTORS (FOR THE CONTENTS). ALL THESE PEOPLE NEED TO DO IS GET A JOB!! HALF OF THESE PEOPLE WONT GET A JOB BE CAUSE THEY DONT WANT TO LOSE THIER WELFARE CHECKS FROM KY AND WV. I KNOW PEOPLE THAT SAY "I CANT WORK, I HAVE A BAD BACK, NERVES, OR WHAT EVER, AND SEE THEN DO NORMAL EVERYDAY ACTIVIES LIKE PUTTING OUT GARDENS, PAINTING THIER HOUSE MOWING GRASS, ECT. HERE PEOPLE WONDER WHY THE REST OF THE COUNTRY MAKES FUN OF EASTERN KY. SOMEONE SAID "THAT THE PEOPLE FROM EASTERN KY ARE PROUD AND HARD WORKING", THEY SHOULD'VE SAID "PROUD ABOUT HARDLY WORKING AND LIVING OFF OF THE STATE"

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