Cash for Your Old Junk? Get Paid For Used Batteries and More

Do you have junk lying around the driveway that you are not allowed to take to the dump and aren’t sure what to do with? What if someone gave you cold hard cash for those broken appliances and old batteries?

It sounds too good to be true but you can believe this: we got rid of a broken hot water heater, several faulty motorcycle batteries, and a useless car battery, and got paid to do so. We received $19 in cash and are pleased to not have the old junk around our place any longer.

Here’s the scoop:

  • Battery Recycling at Battery Systems of Medford, 2770 Crater Lake Avenue, Medford, not far from Lava Lanes. They gave us $1for several small used motorcycle batteries and $6 for a used car battery ( web site says they also offer pick-up and removal of your old batteries. We’ve always received great customer service there in person and over the phone when purchasing new batteries. Their phone number is (541) 245-0500 and the email address is
  • Schnitzer Steel, Metals Recycling Yard, located at 2625 Avenue G in White City. They gave us $11.90 for our broken hot water heater and miscellaneous steel, plus two old car transmissions. They accept other appliances and auto bodies, too! Make sure nothing has gas or oil or anything combustible in it. Their phone number is (541) 826-5758. (

We also save up our used plastic bottles, glass bottles, and aluminum cans to earn more cash. It really adds up over a few months’ time. There is a Bottle Drop Medford Redemption Center located at1179 Stowe Avenue, open daily from 7 am to 6 pm. And there is another bottle redemption center in Grants Pass, at 1040 Rogue River Highway, open from 8 am to 6 pm. The lines can be rather long at the bottle drop redemption center in Medford, so we recommend going early in the morning.

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