Turning Trash Into Cash

A while back I wrote about how we save aluminum cans and I crush them with the old Blazer that sits in the driveway. Remember that?

Well, we have been saving cans for a while now. The bags were piling up in our backyard. Every time we had a storm or high winds I would have to trek across my yard and my neighbors yards to gather up all of the bags of cans that had been blown away.

I finally got a chance to take the cans in to get them recycled. Here is a pic of my truck loaded up with all of the cans…

Aluminum Cans Loaded Into The Truck

Well, after driving to the recycling center, unloading the truck, the cans were weighed…

86 lbs of cans!

My engineering mind has got the best of me and I really want to know just how many cans make up 86 lbs?

  • I weighed one empty aluminum can and it weighed 0.5 oz
  • and there are 16 oz per lb.
  • This means it takes 32 cans to make up 1 lb
  • So 32 cans/lb x 86 lbs = 2752 cans in 86 lbs!

Two thousand seven hundred fifty two cans!  Holy cow!

It’s hard enough to save money for ourselves, however we want to be able to put some money away from time to time for Ace’s future.  Recycling cans is one way we decided to get this done.

Anyways, I received $55.90 for all of these cans.  This money is going straight into Ace’s savings account. Don’t spend it all in one place little man!

Not too shabby for something that we would have usually thrown away, eh?


  1. jen says:

    good on you for recycling

  2. Jared says:

    Jen: Thanks! I get to help out my little guy and the world at the same time. It’s definitely worth all the work. 😀

  3. Kim says:

    That is amazing..
    1. that is was 86 lbs.
    2. that you made nearly $60

    Do you not have slugs or ants near you? Those bags would have been attacked in my back yard..

    GREAT GREEN Living job..!! 🙂

  4. Jared says:

    Kim: Yeah…we saved all those cans in about 10 months! I kept the bags far from the house in the summer to make sure no creepy crawlys were close to the house. 🙂

  5. Johnny says:

    That is alot of cans my friend.